The Chocolate War, By Robert Cormier And Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

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The purpose of fiction is not solely enjoyment. Fictional works are falsehoods that reveal truths in a more entertaining fashion than non-fiction. The reality is that fiction captures people’s attention beyond simply reading, by illustrating disturbing truths. The mystery is solved by playing with the reader’s emotions, leading them to take a different perspective on the view of the world. Three novels show how easily individual choices made out of fear can lead to a repressive government like that of Nazi Germany. The first two novels The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, act as a warning, to show the dangers of a repressive social system and how individuals are conforming out of fear in exchange for stability. The end result is a world with no individuality and free will, represented in Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, the World State has genetically engineered their population and from the birth are being structured, so only few are capable of free thought, and then peer pressure and soma keep those in society stability. The common thought during the 1970s, when The Chocolate War was published, shares logic with psychological experiments that had been conducted – how ordinary people are capable of evil in certain situations. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment, where “normal college students were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a

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