Dignity and Self-Respect
The main objective of reading this piece of literature was to determine the instances under which an individual causes activities around him define his character (Kant, 602). The type of activities that he engages in and the outcomes of the activities define the character of a person. Moreover, there are various virtues that are depicted in this particular text that define the real gentleman, the person whose actions portray a courageous man with a high self-respect that leads to a high self Esteem.
The magic of Harry Potter
The main objective of reading this piece was to find ways in which various play-writers and novelists use various aspects of magic and enchantment to help the children who read this pieces have a general view of what was going on (Sharon, 237). Children often find it amusing to read things that only exist in fantasy than things that are in the real world. Most of the literature cited in the particular extract comprise of magical and mystical powers that help the main characters achieve their goals or quests in those particular stories.
Analysis of Dignity and Self-Respect using the Toulmin model
According to this extract, the main claim is that the people who up-hold a high level of moral standards do not just follow the values that they have instilled in themselves but instead influence the people around them to follow the correct direction (Kant 605). It further claims that these people deserve respect because they always outwardly show respect to the people they interact with. A drunkard is used as an example in the extract. A drunkard person is generally known as a person who has a misjudged decision and view of looking at the real world situation based on the liquor that has been consumed that tends to paralyze his people thinking state of mind. A drunkard person is generally characterized by recklessness interms of speech and actions. They tend to be vulgar and abusive without any control over themselves. These people derive no respect at all since they have jeopardised their stature in the society.
When The Magic of Harry Porter extract is analysed by the model, the writer claims the fact that the use of a fictitious world in literature aids in the teaching of children about these particular pieces of literature. Children are more captivated by extracts that make them grasp their breath with shock and anxiety to know what happens next. The mind of a child is made up of a world full of fantasies and things that are and can never be real. Various references are made with regards to this, for example, In the Chronicles of Narnia, the characters are seen to walk into a portrait and they end up in an oceans in an imaginary land called Narnia. Several characters in in this particular type of literature piece are not so real but their existence really does captivate the targeted audience and it turns a rather boring book to a very lively and captivating book. We encounter a rat that talks, a bull that is a symbol of masculinity and order. The other text referred in this extracts for example, the Lord of the Rings, also help the targeted audience get an imagery of the sequence of events and the values that are trying to be communicated. The zombies in the Lords of the Rings are associated with evil doings and vengeance (Sharon 240).
Both articles tend to define the general human behaviour based on the characters displays. A character that portrays an aura of peace and calmness around him or her ids always accorded with respect and they are always prosperous unlike characters who are reckless (Kant, 610), which in most cases are always accompanied by misfortunes in the sequence of events that follow them (Sharon 242).
- Black, Sharon, and Elizabeth Sue Moersh.Index to the Annenberg Television Script Archive. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press, 2010.(237-247)
- Kant, Immanuel, J. M. D. Meiklejohn, Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, and James Creed Meredith. The critique of pure reason. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 19551952. (602-612)