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MacLearninalot 1 Student MacLearninalot Professor Grace Nicholas Composition I 9 August 2016 J.K. Rowling and the Rhetorical Approaches: 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 the magical world layered within the “real” one, Harry's beginnings help to crystallize his disposition and personality as being primarily ethos-based. He tends toward a fairness and merit-based sense of
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MacLearninalot 2 right and wrong, which is reflected in his actions and decisions. For example, shortly after meeting Ron on the Hogwarts Express, Draco Malfoy attempts to befriend Harry and, in doing so, puts down Ron and the Weasley family for being poor, describing them as “the wrong sort” (Rowling 108). Now, it's clear that Draco is popular and wealthy and could potentially help Harry achieve the same social status in this new and strange social situation he's been put into, something many eleven-year-olds would at least consider in the same circumstances. Harry, however, is guided by morality and that sense of fairness and merit that defines ethos as a rhetorical approach. He simply tells Draco “'I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,'” knowing he has made both an enemy and a friend with that statement (Rowling 109). It's more important for Harry to be morally right than it is for him to have a social advantage.
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