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Comparison of 'harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' and 'Aice in Wonderland'

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The piece of extract that I have chosen to analyse from 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone' is from chapter thirteen, 'Ron's nerves were at breaking point...he was petrified'. The reason why I have chosen to explore this piece of text is because there are numerous occasions in this extract where some of the characters face a challenge. From 'Alice in Wonderland', the text that I have chosen to analyse is from chapter one, 'there was nothing very remarkable...it would not open'. I have chosen to explore this extract because it is in this piece of text where Alice enters Wonderland although she has no clue of where she is. 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone' is about an orphan called Harry Potter who is reluctantly been taken in by his relative, the Dursleys, a mean-spirited unimaginative family. Immediately our sympathies lie with Harry as we see how he is mistreated by the Dursleys. It is not until his eleventh birthday when he learns the truth about himself and his life is changed forever. Harry learns that he is a wizard and that his parents had not died in a car crash like how he was told but they were killed by a very powerful ...read more.

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I shall be late!' it is not until the rabbit takes a watch out of its waistcoat, she realizes that it is very unusual for a rabbit to make this action and this is why she follows him down the rabbit hole. The Victorian era plays a large role in Carroll's novel. The queen was the dominant figure at the time. It was also an era of punctuality which regards to the rabbit being late. The Victorian era was an age of growth and self-discovery, this relates to Alice discovering a completely new world whereas in Rowling's novel, Harry does not only 'discover' a completely different world but faces a major challenge in discovering his own self, which he finds very difficult to believe at the start because he has spent the last few years of his life in a cupboard under a staircase. In Carroll's novel, the queen is dominant over Wonderland unlike Rowling's novel, where there is no queen or king of the magical world, but there is a 'Ministry of Magic' which tries to keep the Magical World away from the non-magical world. ...read more.

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She finds a key and faces a challenge in finding the door the key goes to. After she finds that the key goes to none of the doors, she still does not panic instead she goes around again and finds the real door but notices that the door is too small. It is a major challenge for her to recognize the real world. When she is falling down the rabbit hole, she thinks that the people on the other side of the Earth would walk on their heads whereas she does not understand that everyone is pulled to the centre of the earth and the fact that it is impossible for anyone to walk on their head. She also thinks that she will virtually fall right through the Earth but this is also impossible. Her ignorance is the factor that makes her so unafraid of anything and this is the explanation to the fact that she heard the rabbit talk and didn't find it so 'remarkable'. Carroll Characterizes Alice as being a show off with her vocabulary and he does this by putting a load of non-sense in her speech. Harry on the other hand is described as very quite and completely the opposite of 'showing off', this is why despite knowing how famous he is, he does not use it to show off. ...read more.

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