Race Power And Prejudice Research Paper

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Race, Power and Prejudice: An exploration of social and political vision of J.K Rowling in the Harry Potter series

 Background to the research:
Generally speaking, it is very difficult to give an apt definition of racism. Race, however, can be defined as a group of individuals belonging to certain ethnicity. The reason for one’s inability to give a proper definition of racism is that the concept in itself at its roots stems out of distinctions based upon one’s own mentality, outlook or social construct that they were born in. So, racism or rather ‘prejudice based upon someone’s colour, caste or creed’ is a concept that is and will forever remain a matter of debate or contention. It was, is and will always will be subjective and remain in
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In a similar vein, where racism in “The Untouchable” by Mulk Raj Anand is more caste based, as it is found in India. Similarly, the theme finds an expression in ‘The kite runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, where it has been examined from various angles, religious intolerance, class, economic conditions etc. In ‘The Bluest Eye’ a novel by Tony Morrison, race has been discriminated on sexist and racial grounds. In the novel Pecola Beedlove, the protagonist is a young black girl who is raped by her father. This tragedy leaves her pregnant, distraught and broken throughout the work and towards the end she ends up becoming mad. As one can see, prejudice can arise out of any number of sources and not just race per se. However, ‘Differentiation based on Race’ is one of the most prominent themes that finds and has found expression in the literature so…show more content…
Over the 7 year long duration in which the work was written by her, she personally went through a series of life changes like: the death of her mother, birth of her first child, her first divorce and a spell of poverty. By 1995, she had finished her manuscript of “The Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone “, the first instalment of the series. It should be noted that the books have been written in 7
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