Harry Potter And The Novel ' The Rye '

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The complexity and Rowling’s willingness to take on difficult and contemporary issues such as racism, genocide, classism, and difference – makes Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone uniquely valuable. While both books can be regarded as controversial due to the moral fibre of them, Catcher in the Rye, captures an adolescent protagonist wavering between childhood and adulthood. Holden Caulfield, a confused teenager, explores how adult life appears complex and incomprehensible to teenagers on the brink of entering it. Likewise, Harry Potter focuses on a timid young boy, unsure of his abilities. While both characters are young and dissatisfied with the world around them, Harry finds ways to resemble positive change and adjusts to the world surrounding him. Holden, however, refuses to acknowledge that adulthood scares him, using the ‘museum’ to symbolise something that remains unchanged. By the museum representing childhood as a world of innocence, curiosity and honesty, readers are able to distinguish that adulthood to Holden is a world of superficiality and hypocrisy and phoniness. (Reference)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and The Catcher in the Rye both depict bildungsroman. A bildungsroman being defined as “a novel that recounts the development of an individual from childhood or adolescence to maturity, to the point at which the protagonist recognizes his or her place and role in the world” (Murfin & Supryia 39). While Holden Caulfield is an unusual…
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