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Running head: J.K. ROWLING AND THE RHETORICAL APPROACHES 1 J.K. Rowling and the Rhetorical Approaches: A Critical Analysis of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Student MacLearninalot Southern New Hampshire University
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J.K. ROWLING AND THE RHETORICAL APPROACHES 2 Abstract While there are many main themes within the story of the novel itself, one of J.K. Rowling's goals in introducing her three main characters, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, is to introduce the idea that all three rhetorical approaches, ethos, pathos, and logos, work best together. Each of Rowling's three main characters represents an approach and their adventures and description within the first book in the Harry Potter series sets up readers to appreciate the more thorough and effective manner in which these three are able to solve problems and overcome obstacles when working together. Using their dispositions in conjunction with their actions and decisions, Rowling demonstrates how effective this complementary approach to problem solving can be. Her main goal in doing this is to emphasize to her readers that considering others' perspectives as well as the bigger picture in any situation is better than going it alone and uninformed. Key words: Sorcerer's Stone, ethos, pathos, logos
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J.K. ROWLING AND THE RHETORICAL APPROACHES 3 J.K. Rowling and the Rhetorical Aproaches: A Critical Analysis of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone When J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , she was doing more than just presenting her three main protagonists for the book series. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are unique and different from one another in very specific, poignant, and intentional ways. Rowling designed her three main characters to work together both in terms of personality and story design in order to convey to readers a larger message about looking at things as the bigger picture and putting aside personal biases. As the first book in the series unfolds, these three form a friendship that will help them face a range of antagonists and ultimately banish the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort. As the first book in the series, this precedent set by their characterization helps galvanize Rowling's less direct and overall emphasis on considering things from others' perspectives; our heroes are consistently effective because they work together and are willing to do so – they are all heroes. Harry, Ron, and Hermione represent the rhetorical approaches of ethos, pathos, and logos respectively, something Rowling purposefully presented in an effort to emphasize how and why the three main characters work best when they work together. Harry is introduced to readers as the Boy Who Lived; having survived Voldemort's attack as an infant, he is raised by non-magical people and thus his abilities and the existence of the wizarding world come as a complete surprise to him. In addition to dovetailing with the reader's introduction to
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