Analysis Of Tom Brown 's Schooldays And The Harry Potter Series Essay

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J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one that has defined a generation, just as Thomas Hughes’s Tom Brown’s Schooldays was influential in defining what a proper Mid-Victorian England gentleman was. Hughes’s novel depicts the essential activities and relationships that are needed to develop the inherent characteristics upper-class boys need to become proper English gentlemen. Similarly, Rowling’s novel reinforces the same ideals that Hughes presents about what characteristics young wizards must have to become productive members of the wizarding society. Even though Rowling’s novels were published nearly 100 years after Hughes’s, her novels cleverly disguise the ideology of gender stereotypes and the importance of manly characteristics for success within society that Hughes’s introduces. The boarding school setting in Tom Brown’s Schooldays and the Harry Potter series plays a very important role in Tom and Harry’s development into the ideal citizen. In Tom Brown’s Schooldays, Tom is sent to his father’s alma mater with the hope that he will become a gentleman worthy of his surname and all that his name entails. Being sent away from home removed Tom from the feminine influences of his mother and nanny, while also being around young boys of his same background and stature. Harry has spent the first eleven years of his life living in complete ignorance of who he is and Hogwarts provides a place for him to be molded into the man he naturally is without the negative

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