“The Boy Who Lived” Every person in this world has dreams, ambitions, and aspirations that accumulate into tremendous stories involving their depiction as heroes for generations to come. More specifically, epic heroes tend to carry out this criteria by having a supernatural status, embarking on a journey like no other, and overcoming their troubles. Harry Potter’s implication of an epic hero produces a story that still lasts today, almost two decades later. Harry’s story revolves around avenging his parents, whom the evil wizard Voldemort kills, and everything that lies on his path in doing so. Thus, in the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, Harry Potter embodies a true epic hero because of his long and arduous journey, his demonstration of supernatural being, his final triumph over Voldemort and his leadership over the people.
Both have the same ideas, and both go wrong (one more than the other), and Pygmalion ends happier than Frankenstein. In Eliza Doolittle's fairytale, she ends up marrying Freddy because he loves her, in contrast to the tragic deaths of Frankenstein and theoretically his monster as well. Also, in both of these stories, the initial goal of each creator are reached
For example, common sense says that most people who dropped out of high school, abused illegal substances, and do not have an education higher than 10th grade, did not end up to be the next CEO and president of the most successful Fortune 500 company to date. This is because our conscience tells us that it hasn’t worked for others, so it probably won’t work for me. In this way, history has not changed, because we all know that this is still evident in our society today, but humans associated with human error have made some dramatically big mistakes that may still have an effect on us years after these errors were made. Preserving history is important because we need to be reminded to not make those mistakes again. History is preserved through literature.
One example of a fictional epic hero is Harry Potter. Harry Potter had multiple positive virtues such as honesty, bravery, courage, and kindness. He also is very generous, and risks his life to help everyone else. An example of an epic hero in real life is Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman helped countless slaves escape to freedom.
The notable difference in this aspect is that Bilbo is extremely fond of Frodo and treats him like a son, whereas the Dursleys despise Harry and everything to do with his magic and wizarding world. These two characters each embark on incredible journeys that happen to commence on their birthdays. On the night of Harry Potter’s 11th birthday, Hogwarts’s game-keeper Rubeus Hagrid burst through their cottage with a birthday cake, and the good news of Harry’s wizardom. He is then whisked away to Diagon Alley where he prepares for wizarding school. On the other hand, Frodo’s journey begins on his 33rd birthday, which is coincidentally also Bilbo’s birthday.
Social Norms and Superheroes Most great heroes are made; they are not born into it. The same holds true for superheroes. These larger than life men and women of the page and screen are created when immense tragedy strikes or they want a better lives for themselves and that comes from helping others. Whatever it is that drove these people to don a cape or mask is by definition social defiance. Most people often see these heroes as a menace to society or doing more harm than good, but at the end of the day it’s because of their social defiance that a job gets done.
In “Nothing But the Truth” by Avi, one kid named Philip Malloy makes a huge impact on society. In my opinion, I think that this was all garbage, but once the media gets into something, anything can happen. It all started when Philip, a 9th grade student at Harrison High school got a “D” in English. He states that it is his teacher’s fault, but he is really the one misbehaving and writing jokes as answers in his exams. Philip, now not allowed to tryout for the track team is angry and ticked off.
It also makes the reader think about where Pip's wealth is coming from. This makes the reader very curious, and also possibly provides a clue that something relating to the mystery about the wealth may soon be answered. Pip describes the absence of Herbert as leaving him "dispirited and anxious, and long disappointed", and "the day just closed as I sat down to read had been the worst of all." Nothing has happened, but there is the feeling that everything is not as it seems, which is then made clearer by Dickens' description of the atmosphere of London: "It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet: and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets. Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an eternity of cloud and wind."