Figure out Harry Potter’s scar. If you aren’t familiar with Harry Potter, select another character with a physical imperfection and analyze its implications for characterization.
Harry Potter the protagonist of the Harry Potter series has a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt on his forehead. This “scar” is not only a constant physical reminder of his past, but also and emotional and mental reminder that the scar is what makes him him on the outside, but also what makes him such a powerful wizard on the inside. Because of this scar, when people first meet him, they have a preconceived idea of him since he is known as the “chosen one”, but really, is just a young teen living the life that was “chosen” FOR him. As the series progresses on, Harry Potter himself understands that even though people make him out as a super hero/the savior, he is just as normal as everyone else, and in some ways is a weaker wizard than others.
Recall two characters who died of a disease in a literary work. Consider how these deaths reflect the “principles governing the use of disease in literature” (215-217). Discuss the effectiveness of the death as related to plot, theme, or symbolism.
In the beginning of the book “The Fault in Our Stars”, the two main characters, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters both have had/still has cancer of some sort, and many people may think that this is the everyday love story tragedy where 2 people fall in love, then at the end of the story, get an illness then both pass away. However, "The Fault in Our Stars" takes this illness love story cliche to another level, and really, makes the illness not the elephant in the room but the reason for why many things in the movie occur. In "TFiOS" (The Fault in Our Stars), the death of the 2 main characters does not act as the theme nor a symbol, but as said before, what most of the story revolves around. The 2 main characters meet at a cancer community meeting, and from there things blossom. There are many road blocks that the 2 have to overcome, mainly due to Hazel Grace not being able to go places without an airtank, but after all of this they still are in love with each other no matter what. When worst turns to worst, and one of the characters die suddenly, we can learn that life is unpredictable, and that we have to cherish every moment, and that we need people around us who will support us and love us when we need them the most.
Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony or deepen appreciation?
Going back to Harry Potter, If you were to compare that to the fairy tale of Cinderella, you can see many similarities. Both Harry Potter and Cinderella were raised in a harsh setting, having both their parents dead, and being left with their guardian. Both had a "Fairy God Mother" of sorts come and save them from their troubles, the Fairy God Mother in Cinderella, and Hagrid in Harry Potter. The Fairy God Mother gave Cinderella an escape to enjoy life and find her true love, and Hagrid gave Harry Potter the way out to discover who he was really supposed to be. The similarities keep going but, I would say that these "parallels" create some irony, as Cinderella has a "Happily Ever After" ending, whilst Harry Potter goes through a "war" between wizards, to get a semi good ending.
Select an ironic literary work and explain the multivocal nature of the irony in the work.
"Home Alone" may not seem like an Ironic work of literature at first, but if we were to look at the character, Old Man Marley, or better know as "the shovel guy", we can see that he went from an evil character to a hero, in a matter of minutes. At first, we hear a story of Old Man Marley that he killed kids on the streets and covered them in ice, but when the main character, Kevin McCallister, goes to a church, he sees Old Man Marley watching his granddaughter singing in the church choir, we learn that those stories about him were all made up. When Kevin is put in a situation near death by robbers, Old Man Marley comes to the rescue and knocks out the robbers. The Irony can be described pretty well with the well known quote, "never judge a book by its cover".
Discuss the importance of weather in a specific literary work, not in terms of plot.
In the movie "Up", weather is one of the most iconic part in the movie. Since the weather where Carl and Russel travel to is ever changing, the animators and directors had to use the weather in such a way where it reflects the mood of the characters. For instance, when it is sunny, it means that the characters are happy, enlightened, inviting, and adventurous, but when it is rainy, it means the characters are stressed, depressed, and closed, also when it is cloudy, it gives the effect of mystery, and the unknown. Although these are the main 3 climates in the movie, the use of them is expertly done, making the movie progress at a good rate, and giving us "the feels" when they need to.