Considering the themes, characters, symbolism, plots and subplots in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Choose one of these prompts to base your essay on:
1). The Deathly Hallows
2). Hallows versus Horcruxes
3). The wrap up of the HP series
4). The battle of Hogwarts – friends and foes
* Do the themes move the story along and/or engage the reader?:
* Include discussion of the subplots
Finneas Nigeles Black’s portrait
Breaking into the Ministry
Olivander’s information about wands
Xenophilias Lovegood’s revelations about Hallows
Placing characters in strategic places to reveal information – portrait, runaways by the water, Krum at the
Neville’s role in the end
King Cross station – Dumbledore, Harry and the “thing”
Draco, Narcissa and Luscious Malfoy
Ginny, Luna and Neville rebelling at school
Snape’s revelation about his life and works in relation to Harry
Life and Times of Albus Dumbledore
any other subplots that are relevant….?
* Was the symbolism within the book obvious or obscure and did it really add to the story itself?
The Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Invisibility Cloak
Cave in the forrest
Remember this is a critical thinking assignment – look beyond the obvious to what the elements say to you.
Develop an essay in MLA format, at least 2 – 3 pages long – typed, double spaced – 12pt fonts (the 11pt Calibri font that Office defaults to is very small, so please be sure you’re specifically using 12pt fonts in Times New Roman or Arial, or Book Antigua or a similar font). And, make sure the paragraphs are indented. We do not use block style in English, that’s for use in letters and memos.
Include at least 5 quotes from the book that support your points. Quotes, paraphrasing, summaries should be kept to a minimum, and never overload the essay. Keep in mind that, on average, academic papers with source material should have a 75% – original, 25% – documented balance.
I found this on eHow and thought it might be help each of you think through these prompts critically, rather than let yourself fall into just any literary analysis:
Critical thinking calls for the ability to:
Recognize problems, to find workable means for meeting those problems
Understand the importance of prioritization and order of precedence in problem solving
Gather and marshal pertinent (relevant) information
Recognize unstated assumptions and values
Comprehend and use language with accuracy, clarity, and discernment
Interpret data, to appraise evidence and evaluate arguments
Recognize the existence (or non-existence) of logical relationships between propositions
Draw warranted conclusions and generalizations
Put to test the conclusions and generalizations at which one arrives
Reconstruct one’s patterns of beliefs on the basis of wider experience
Render accurate judgments about specific things and qualities in everyday life
“A persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports or refutes it and the further conclusions to which it tends.”[13
(You’re looking for the “why” and “how” not just to examine the character and his/her traits or plot, etc.. of a story – how does whatever you’re examining create a picture, move the story forward, why is that character, plot… relevant)
Please don’t write a literary analysis essay; THINK through the question of the prompt to create/develop your essay.
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