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Comparing and contrasting Snape and Mr Creakle (From David Copperfield)

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Sandy Barr 7H 09/06/02 Comparing and contrasting Snape and Mr Creakle Mr Creakle is the headmaster at Salem House, "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens. Snape is the Potions Master at Hogwarts, Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. It is because of the education system that Mr Creakle and Snape meet the main characters from both books (David and Harry). Whilst Snape teaches his pupils, Mr Creakle's main aim is to inflict physical punishment upon his pupils. Attitude towards Education Both Snape and Mr Creakle are portrayed as frightening teachers. Snape is very strict in his classes although he does not need to use physical punishment to keep his class in order. His frightening character is enough to keep his pupils in order.


He cuts jokes before he hits the boys, "Mr Creakle cuts a joke before he beats him". This portrays that he likes beating them. Snape is willing to teach his pupils his potions subject and the pupils are not in fear to attend his class, whereas Mr Creakle enjoys punishing his pupils and not a lot of learning takes place in this classroom. Mr Creakle's pupils are in total fear of attending his classes. Behaviour In class, Snape likes to single out and blame Harry for things that are not his fault, "You Potter, why didn't you tell him not to add the quills? Thought he'd make you look good if he got it wrong, did you?" This shows that Snape does not like Harry and likes to belittle him in front of the class.


Background and Family Snape's background and family are not mentioned at all. He is a single man and not married. Also, we are not told of Mr Creakle's background but we do know that he has a wife and a daughter, "which so abashed me, when I was ushered into it, that I hardly saw Mrs Creakle or Miss Creakle (who were both there in the parlour)". Although Mr Creakle does have a wife and daughter, he never mentions them or talks to them. He gives the impression to people that he is a single man. Conclusion Both Mr Creakle and Snape come from different backgrounds, yet both have similar ideas towards education, being strict and powerful. Mr Creakle is harsh and likes to use physical punishment wherever possible, whereas Snape is sarcastic and likes to treat his pupils as inferior. Despite these contrasts they both inflict mental cruelty upon their pupils.

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