Good and Evil in "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings"
A comparative analysis of the battle between good and evil in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series and J.R. R Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings".
# 65523 | 2,480 words | 10 sources | APA | 2004 |
Published on May 12, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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This paper examines how a characteristic common to both novels and films is the spectacularly gripping battle that takes place between good and evil. It looks at how the protagonists of both stories struggle with a powerful, superhuman embodiment of evil - Voldemort in "Harry Potter", and Sauron in "The Lord of the Rings". It also looks at how juxtaposed against these hateful figures are characters possessing magical or mystical powers who command the fight for virtue and justice - exemplified in Dumbledore and Gandalf. Betwixt these two polar opposites are Harry and Frodo -the symbolic heroes, who, even though they fight determinedly against evil, still discover that they are connected to or tempted by the evil figure they are opposing.
From the Paper:"The stifling, materialistic world of the Dursley's, Harry's foster parents in Privet Drive, Little Whinging, and the pettiness and relative inconsequence of life for the Hobbits in the Shire both represent the ordinary world of the middle class. One of the contemporary dissatisfactions to which both stories respond is the general boredom with modern bourgeois existence. The escapism these stories provide is a remedy for the routine that is the curse of secure, stagnant middle-class life. In particular, Harry's repulsion towards the Dursley's provides an exceptionally adverse view of modern bourgeois life. It is this essentially cramped existence that Harry is keenest to escape, made manifest in the tiny dimensions of his cupboard under the stairs turned bedroom. "
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