In the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, one of the main characters, Harry, exhibits a great quality, which many, including myself, would surely prosper from. Harry tells his Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, that his biggest fear is not what Lupin thinks, but is actually Dementors, which are dark creatures who feed on human happiness and fill those who they attack with feelings of cold, misery and despair. Lupin surprises Harry because the professor is actually impressed with him, realizing that “’what [Harry] fear[s] most of all is… fear”’ and that this is “’[v]ery wise”’ of him because many people, including Lupin, are more afraid of irrational things than fear itself (155). Professor Lupin tells him this because he knows that a fear of only fear allows Harry to do and see things that many others couldn’t. If Harry was scared of anything like he is of fear, he couldn’t go anywhere close to the lengths he goes to to protect others from horrible dangers. He knows that not doing everything he can to help others because he's afraid is the only thing he should be afraid of. In the previous two books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the main conflicts of the stories are greatly affected by this quality of Harry’s. In both books Harry ends up having to face the man who murdered his parents, Lord Voldemort, in order to save the wizarding world from feeling the dark wizard’s wrath again. Voldemort goes to great lengths to try to return to power because his powers were destroyed the night that he killed Harry’s parents, but Harry’s bravery triumphs and he is able to stop Voldemort both times. He learns to put aside any fears he might have in order to do what needs to be done. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry ends up having to go face Voldemort without his friends, Ron and Hermione. Harry is nervous to go on on his own, and he tells Hermione that he wishes she could go with him because she’s a better wizard than him. Hermione knows that she’s a great wizard, being first in their class, but she realizes that Harry is great in a different way and responds to him, “’Books! And Cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery”’ (287). Hermione knows that because Harry’s able to take on daunting challenges in order to save others and not stop because of a fear of what’s to come, he is truly one of the best wizards that there have been in a long time. People in the real world could immensely benefit from gaining that same quality because they could do more to help others. People could always do what’s best, even if it’s harmful to them, because they wouldn’t ever have to decline a challenge. If everyone could see, as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” the world could become a much better place.
Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games seems a lot like Harry. Katniss comes from a poverty-stricken home and has a dark future with a tyrannical government. Her government or The Capitol “force[s] [children] kill one another while [the citizens] watch…[it] is the Capitol’s way of reminding [them] how totally [they] are at their mercy”(Collins 18). The entire point of the Hunger Games is to cause fear to prevent any uprising from happening again. They use fear to control their people and that is what Katniss fears. She fears not the Capitol but the power the Capitol has. The Capitol’s power is fear so just like Harry, Katniss is afraid of fear itself. And like Harry, she is “able to take on daunting challenges in order to save others and not stop because of a fear of what’s to come” to try to win the Hunger Games for her younger sister (Burkey). Even though Katniss is older than Harry she has to battle others as she faces none other than fear itself. Just like when Harry is confronted with dementors and “feelings of cold, misery and despair” Katniss goes through all these emotions as she battles one of the most feared competitions of all time (Burkey).
In the novel The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore, the main character, John Smith, aka Number Four, has the great quality of facing his fears. John is almost always in danger, but he simply states that “We will not conquer our obstacles by running away from them. Speed does not matter, just that we do not stop" (Lore 167). He feels that he should not be running away from his problems, rather to be running towards them and fighting them instead. A lot of people would benefit from the trait that you should always fight your problems, that would solve a lot more problems among people, including myself. John also states that “When one of us is weak, the rest of us need to be that much stronger.” (Lore 135). He shows us that when the others are weak or injured, we need to step up and be more courageous, even facing your fears right in the eye and in this case, the main character's fear is the main antagonist, Serkatus Ra. Four knows that even though his friends, numbers Six through Nine, are all powerful on their own, he needs to develop his powers and face his fears with his own willpower.
I agree completely that one should be able to face their fears instead of running away from them. This kind of relates to the novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. This relates because in the book the main character Scott Hudson is a middle schooler going into highschool and part of him is very nervous and the other part of him is very happy and excited. But the nervous part is where face your fears come in. Scott knows that he is going to get bullied by all the older kids when he goes to school, but this does not stop him from going so he faces his fears and goes to school and does what he needs to do. Hey Scott “We’re going to rule this place. Wrong, Mouth. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong” (14). This shows that Scott is talking to a kid named Mouth which is a kid that thinks he is going to get through high school without any drama. Well that is unfortunate for him. But they are talking and Mouth thinks that Scott and himself are going to rule the school, but Scott Hudson realizes that, that statement is far from true and they are going to get beat up by the older kids, but he still faces his fears and attends his school. You stated “ A lot of people would benefit from the trait that you should always fight your problems” (Winward 3). This is a very agreeable statement because it truly would benefit most people if they just fought their problems instead of just running away from them and leaving them fo0r yourself to deal with later.
A likeness I noticed between the character, John Smith, or Number Four, from your book, The Rise of the Nine by Pittacus Lore, and the character, Albus Dumbledore, in my book, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is that they have similar thoughts about what one should do when faced with dangers. You said that Number Four “feels that he should not be running away from his problems” and that it is better “to be running towards them and fighting them instead” (Winward). Dumbledore has similar views; he knows that nothing can be accomplished if one doesn’t face their challenges. But when you also added that John thinks that “[w]hen one [person] is weak, the rest… need to be that much stronger,” I noticed an even stronger similarity in the two characters’ views (Lore 135). At the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cedric Diggory, one of the characters that goes to the school that Dumbledore is the headmaster of, is killed by the dark wizard, Voldemort, and Dumbledore addresses the students to tell them what has happened. It was just after the Triwizard Tournament, a tournament in which one student from each of the three international competing wizarding schools participates in. During his speech to the school, Dumbledore acknowledges the good relationships that have been formulated between students from the different schools, and he says that “‘[i]n the light of what has happened--of Voldemort’s return--such ties are more important than ever”’ (Rowling 723). He, much like John, realizes that people working together is very important, especially when others need help. He further adds that “‘if the time should come when [they] have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, [to] remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort,”’ which further shows his perspective on how one should face their challenges (Rowling 724). He stresses the importance of the students doing the right thing, which is doing whatever they can to help defeat Voldemort, and it is similar to how John shows the importance of being able to “step up and be more courageous, even [when] facing [one’s] fears right in the eye” (Winward). They are both able to realize the same very important thing; the world can be made a better place if people are willing to step up and do the best that they can to beat the dangers or challenges ahead. They show the importance of not running away from a difficult task, and that’s a very important thing for all to learn.
It appears that John Smith from The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore, and Zach from the novel Only Child by Rhiannon Navin both exhibit a fearless quality that is very important for people to have. Both characters seem to be facing challenges that challenge themselves and rely on them to face their fears. It is evident that people need to have this quality because “you should always fight your problems” and if you didn’t you would live a very unfulfilling life (Winward). Zach portrays this after loosing his brother in a school shooting. He faces his fear of going into his brother’s room. Though it is simple, it helps him get one step closer to healing from his loss. He eventually creates a “secrete hideout that no one knows about” in his brother’s room (Navin 60). This showed him that bravery has a reward, similarly to John. If he “needs to develop his powers and face his fears with his own willpower” he will find too that facing fears will come with a reward (Winward). I agree that this is a important quality to have and to teach because without it, everyone would be the same, even the simplest risks can do the most change.
As I was reading through your response on "The Rise Of The Nine" by Picttacus Lore, I saw that as you put down the quotes you explained what was happening. I also liked how you showed us through the quotes that Number 4 wants to fight his problems instead of run away from the which is a very good characteristic because if all you do is run, the issue will never be resolved. In the book I'm reading which is the Holy Bible, Jesus never runs away from anything. If he sees someone in need of help then Jesus will go help him. There’s a parable where Jesus finds a blind man, Jesus spits into the dirt turning it to mud. He rubs it in the blind man’s eyes, he has him wash it off then he is able to see everything clearly. Jesus healed the man. Jesus was walking through a town full of followers, behind Jesus was a diseased women wanting to be healed. To get Jesus attention she touched Jesus and she was instantly cured. Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” (John 923) Nobody replied to Jesus, he then said “I have felt healing power flow through me” (John 923). Jesus helps people even if it wasn’t intentional, he does not run away like you character does in your book.
The main character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling is Harry Potter. A good attribute he has is being selfless. This is a good characteristic to have because it can help a person in relationships with others, whether it’s platonic or romantic.Harry being selfless supports the theme of it’s important to have friendship. For example Harry tells Cedric Diggory “the first task is dragons,” (340). It’s the first part of a competition. He tells him this to create an even playing field (even though it could hurt his chances of winning). Harry also affect the outcome of part of the story when he tells his godfather Sirius about how his scar was burning after a dream of Voldemort. Sirius was concerned and alerted Harry “I’m flying north immediately,” (226). Harry knows he could be in danger didn’t want his godfather anywhere but in hiding since he was still at large (Sirius was a framed mass murder). Harry quickly told him not to worry about it and lied to keep Sirius safe. Harry has also been selfless in one of three tasks in a competition that he was forced into. Harry had to find someone that he cared about that was unconscious underwater. Even though he had found his friend there were the other competitors, friends and not knowing whether they were safe or not he grabbed his friend and another. After coming to the surface Harry explained “Fleur didn’t turn up, I couldn’t leave her,” (503). Harry was the last to surface because of this. Ron his best friend yells at him for “(wasting) time down there acting hero!” (503). Harry often is accused of being arrogant and only doing something to look like a hero. Which isn’t true, he is normally in the wrong place at the wrong time or thrown under the bus. This is especially true when he’s in trouble. But Harry just like his mother selfless and loyal. This is a good characteristic because one becomes more appealing, kinder, and less self centered human being. Which helps makes friends and friendship is important.
In both the novels Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld an aspect both of the main characters reflect is selflessness. In the previous novel, Tally Youngblood was under the age of 16. When someone living in this dystopian setting turns 16, they are given surgery to fit in with the beauty standards. Toned muscles, perfect skin, a stronger immune system and nameless others. In the novel Pretties, Tally has just had this surgery done. Although, in this surgery, they not only change your outward appearance, they damage your brain to rely on the society. This brings up the aspect of selflessness. Changing your outward appearance just so you will fit in with the beauty standards isn’t selfless, but doing it for a cause is. Tally’s best friend, Shay had already been turned pretty. She wasn’t herself and Tally wanted to change that. Shay had not given her consent to try the untested pills that could cure the brain damage, so out of her friendship with Shay she went back into the society. She did this to become pretty just to test the pills and cure Shay. Before she left to become pretty, Tally told Maddy, the one that made the pills “Okay, you’ve got a willing subject.” And Maddy responded “What do you mean Tally?” And Tally finalized this by saying “Me”(Uglies Westerfeld 395). This proves that Tally was selfless enough to give herself up to save Shay’s life. Harry is also like this in many ways. One being when he acts “like a hero” (Rowling 503). Just like Tally turning pretty, both can be used to seek attention, yet both characters use the ability to save others. Acting like a hero just to be recognized isn’t selfless, but if there is a good cause, like saving his friend. Harry states that “Fleur didn’t turn up, I couldn’t leave her,” ( Rowling 503). Being left behind is the worst feeling, and both characters have experienced this and want to keep others from this. Whether it’s saving Fleur, or saving Shay both will give their own life up for others.
Fer in Sarah Prineas’ novel Summerkin has a few qualities that would benefit myself and many others, especially her dedication and stubbornness. Fer, in a competition with the odds against her for winning back her rights as Lady to the Summerlands, knows she has two choices. She could back away to try and talk about why she deserves the crown, or compete with all her strength. In the end, she decides to do what is right, knowing that she “[must] not. . . lose her land and her people to any of [her competitors],” (Prineas 98). While she could have made the choice to give in or give up, she chose to stand up and fight for what is right, at whatever cost. That cost does come later, where she stops during various challenges to help other competitors instead of finishing the race or completing the task, even though she knows that it could make her lose. Yet, her dedication to the right thing ends up winning her the right to the Summerlands, and the High Ones know that “the competition is also a test” of the virtues that make a genuine Lady of the land, like the dedication she must have to her people (Prineas 103). This pure stubbornness is something that, throughout multiple events in history and literature alike, has proven to be the right thing to do. Perhaps if everyone was a bit more dedicated to what is truly right, the world would be a better place-- after all, in worlds filled with controversy and conflicting morals, both real and fictitious, there are only a few ideals that can be identified as “correct” universally, and following them may be the only way to ensure that those societies can thrive under constantly shifting circumstances. This philosophy and virtue also has a huge effect on the theme and outcome of the story. One could claim that the theme of the novel is: acting on what is right rather than what is easiest will lead to success in the end. The idea is reinforced as Fer stops and gives sacrifices like her time and image for others in need. Though unlike the human world, this concept is strange in the world through the Way, the High Ones and other Lords and Ladies soon realize that “change is. . . necessary for the better world. Oaths and glamories and manipulation are wrong. . . ‘ the strange one in our midst was what this world needed all along,’ ” (172). Prineas uses this theme and the slow reaction and adjustment of the characters to build the ending of the novel, when, fitting perfectly with the theme, Fer wins the competition and is given the right to lead the Summerlands.
Queen Levana from Marissa Meyer’s Farist is most definitely ambitious. Growing up young Levana was bullied by her older sister and was forced to hide her face for decades after a “freak accident”. Fairist follows Levana’s story of how she came to be the queen of Lunar and the antagonist of The Lunar Chronicles. She is a very strong woman and a powerful leader. She is intelligent and knows what it means to work smarter not harder. Levana is extremely ambitious. She was willing to do anything to raise to power and will do anything to get anything for the people she rules. She is sometimes feared for her decisions but the people can also “appreciate her ambition” (Meyer 135). Just like Levana I believe that it is good to be ambitious and work for the things you want or feel like you deserve. This is definitely a good quality to have and develop over the years so that even if you think you are on the top, you can still go higher. This could also teach you self worth as well. Knowing that you deserve more will cause you to work for what you want rather than just whining about it for all of eternity. However, her ambition is also her down fall. She felt like “she needed Earth,” for her people to survive (Meyer 180). She started many things and scared many people and made many enemies for herself, creating a rebellion against her. She had everything but her need to have whatever her people wanted and her endless ways she was willing to do that ended up ending her. She was willing to take down anyone who was in her way and that started a war. It’s great to be ambitious and to do something with that ambition but you have to build boundaries and accomplish your goals in a reasonable way or you end up with a tyrannical leader, never having enough.
It seems like your character and mine both have ambitious qualities. For example, when your character, Levana, "was willing to do anything to raise to power " it shows that she has a lot more ambition that anybody else in her nation had because she wanted to become a leader. (Ott). In my book, The Power of Six, my character, Number Six, aka Maren Elizabeth, wants to defeat the Mogs, who are the characters who destroyed their homeland, and she wants to get revenge. She wants to destroy the Mogs leader, also the antagonist, making her the most powerful person in the universe. She says "I know we can do it. We just have to work hard." (Lore 114). When she says this, she is also showing ambition to work hard and achieve what they came to do. Both of our characters show ambition, which is a very good quality for everybody to develop.
The main characters in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers have similar characteristics and backgrounds. Levana from the Lunar Chronicles and Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series both have been bullied as a kid by a family member. This might be why they are both ambitious and have the need to prove themselves. Harry is constantly put down by fellow students and his professor Snape. Harry was “determined not to give Snape an excuse to fail him (during a lesson), (he) read and reread every line of the instructions on the blackboard at least three times before acting on them,” (309). Harry has always been ambitious because everyone has pushed and expected him to be good at anything thrown his way. Which is a good and bad thing because one of his best friends Hermione is pushing him to strive for good grades. But what sets Levanna and Harry apart is that Levanna is ambitious on her own accord. For example “She is) willing to do anything to raise to power and will do anything to get anything,” (Ott). Levanna is strong because she has to since she’s a queen but so is Harry, Harry is constantly targeted by a dark wizard and bullies at school. He does his best not to let the bullies get to him and his able to slip away from the dark wizard for the most part unscathed.
In almost every novel, the main character possesses good qualities that the readers want to develop within themselves. The main character, Katniss, in the book Catching Fire, and Harry Potter, in The Goblet of Fire, have the attribute of selflessness. Both of the characters will do what seems “extra” work to help others, though it is not needed. Katniss, after defining President Snow, the ruler of Panem in the Hunger Games, she know if she does not follow all of his rules, her family and everyone she knows and loves have the chance of being executed. Katniss contemplates with herself about her options, like running away and leaving her family behind. After talking with her games mentor, Haymitch, she realises “there’s only one future, if I want to keep those I love alive” (Collins 46). That future is marrying the other tribute from District 12, Peeta Mellark. She does this to keep her family safe, similarly to Harry. He saves Fleur when she is still trapped underwater in a competition and he knows that “[he] couldn’t leave her” (Mason). Just like Katniss, Harry doesn’t leave people behind and makes sure he saves who he can. This affects the outcome of the story because Katniss may have chosen a different plan of “escape” from President Snow and the competition may have turned out differently for Harry if he didn’t go out of his way to save another opponent. The urgency in Harry’s tone of saying that he won’t leave Fleur behind can be inferred to what Katniss is thinking. Readers, from this, know that the characters are selfless and because of the heroic like figure the characters exemplify, readers want to also possess this selflessness.
When Katniss needs a moment alone, she goes into the woods past the border of District 12. She finds to people, Twill and Bonnie, who have fled from District 8. She packs food that was originally for herself and her “trip” to he woods, but she notices that “[Bonnie’s] skin is so pale” and “their out of food” (Collins 142). She then pulls out “two fresh buns with a layer of cheese baked on the top” and gives them to Twill and Bonnie. Though Katniss did not have to give random people that she found in the woods food, she does it because of her selflessness. Like Harry helping Fleur, both of the characters go out of their way to help others. This also helps develop the a theme that both novels share, which is in order to defeat a conflict that affects what seems to be the whole society, one must help others to remain true to themselves and solve the conflict. Both of these characters are very similar in their attributes and they are characteristics that readers would want to develop within themselves and through these characters, more about outcome and theme can be concluded.