The heroes of some of the modern literature have been through terrible circumstances, their lives turned from a horror that is realistic to a universe that sheds the horrors of the real-life predicaments, only to lead the heroes into reflections of it through an adventure that is dramatic and fraught with dangers. Two novels that use this contrasts of worlds are Harry Potter and the Philosopher’ s Stone and The Graveyard Book. Harry Potter begins his journey from the home of his Aunt and Uncle who, while perhaps not physically abusing him, have mentally abused him for the first eleven years of his life.
Harry has been made to live in a space under the stairs, the home not having a space for him because his cousin has a bedroom and a second bedroom. His cousin, in comparison to Harry, is spoiled, all the toys he desires and any attention he wishes are lavished upon him by his mother and father. Harry, on the other hand, is treated as if he is their slave, doing chores that his cousin would never be given and instructed through threats and emotionally harsh behavior (Rowling 1999).
In The Graveyard Book, the protagonist is a two-year-old child when the terror that affects his life occurs. A character that is called ‘ the man Jack’ kills the child’ s family, leaving him to wander away and into a graveyard. The fantastical beings of the graveyard decide to raise the child, calling him ‘ Nobody‘ , which is often shortened to ‘ Bod’ . The nature of the child’ s life is full of adventure, which eventually culminates in engaging ’ the man Jack’ in a confrontation (Gaiman and McKean 2010).
The nature of the story is based upon death, the themes that emerge founded in this general theme, just as the themes of Harry Potter are centered on death. Both Harry Potter and Nobody has lost their parents at a very young age. However, the interesting literary context that occurs in both books is that the acceptance of this fact is taken as a part of life, the conflicts growing as age puts new cognitive information into the context of the events that take their families.
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