Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Melodramatic Harry

“I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a Lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!"
"You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
(Order of the Phoenix)

From the reading I understand melodramatic to be an animated action or moment in the story. When Harry found out about Sirius’ death he began yelling and destroying Dumbledore’s office from his emotion. This quote is also melodramatic because of Harry’s destructive reaction to the death of Sirius Black. Bellatrix Lestrange, who was affiliated with the book’s “bad guys,” killed Black. This victimized Harry because Black was the closest family relative he had left and affected him. This moment revealed Harry’s true sentiment about his parents’ death. It was a momentous point in the story that dramatically revealed Harry’s true sentiment about his parent’s death. Harry fights against the forces of evil, but now Rowling shows Harry’s pain that he has had to bottle throughout the books. His uncharacteristic lashing out in Dumbledore’s office tells the audience that he is not what people perceive him as, a strong fighter. Harry is a character that has been victimized by the “bad guys” and misunderstood by those not in his inner circle.

“I’m sad about Sirius dying because it reminds me of my parents, which is something I have not come to terms with.

I figured, Harry. You’re allowed to be confused and in pain about things, especially things like the death of your parents.”

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