English 2092F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Demonic Possession, Masculinity, Fictional Universe Of Harry Potter

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HP – Week 3 – Gothic 22:57
ESSAY INTRO DUE TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!
Write something that someone in the class would learn from
The details that don’t come to mind right away  the trapdoor rather than the
three headed dog
Intros:
oTitle
oMLA format  Not required but can do it to get feedback on MLA
oApprox. 250 words
Include:
oAuthor and Title of each book used
oWhat are you going to prove  Thesis statement
oHow you’re going to prove it  order, grouped in meaningful way
oIntroduce thesis in broader terms at the beginning or closer to the middle
of the paragraph, then have final sentence the BOOM thesis sentence
oAttention grabbing opening sentence  an idea that is going to surprise
the reader in some way, they may or may not agree with it; a not-general
idea
Thesis qualities:
oJust specific enough  not too narrow but not too broad
oBAD THESIS for HP and “Old Nurses Story”: “The characters in these two
books hold many prejudices based on factors such as social class and
ethnic background.”  too obvious, very factual and true, broad, no one
can disagree with it
oBAD THESIS for HP and “Old Nurses Story”: Rowling and Gastell show that
prejudice is morally wrong by associating it with villainous characters like
Draco Malfoy and old Lord Furnivall.”  doesn’t say why it’s wrong, too
narrow with two specific characters (not bad to mention people in intro,
but not in this way)
Chamber of Secrets
Pg. 119  Ron: “Well we’re looking for clues.” And Percy says “No more detective work
or I’m writing to mom”
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Mystery: who opened the Chamber of Secrets?
As readers, we’re more wary of the Draco Theory in this book because the Snape
Theory in the first book was completely wrong
Not kicking ourselves in the end though because we had no way of knowing it
was Ginny, whereas we had clues with Quirrell
No clues this time so we can’t figure it out
Mystery we CAN solve: the pattern that Hermione solved  how they saw the basilisk
Rowling has her work cut out for her to make Chamber of Secrets a Gothic because the
supernatural (ie. magic) is normal in her books; it’s hard to make it creepy because
ghosts and magic and everything else supernatural is so accepted
Hard to get goosebumps and feelings of uneasiness with her books
Aspects that Rowling use to make it Gothic:
Dark Arts
Parsel tongue
Basilisk
oMakes us uneasy because we don’t know what it is; if we knew what it
was we wouldn’t be uneasy, just scared
Chamber of Secrets
oPeople are reluctant to talk about it because nothing is known for sure 
all that is known is based on myths and legends
Diary
Where does Ginny end and Tom Riddle begin?
Doppelganger (dark double)
Harry spent a lot of the year wondering about his own identity
He wonders if he’s the Heir of Slytherin when he finds out he’s a parsel tongue
The sorting hat wanted to put him in Slytherin
He doesn’t know his family lineage
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Tom tells Harry that they’re similar  doppelganger (dark double)
Gothic
Gothic and Detective overlap  some kind of sin or crime being brought to light
Gothic involves a bit of the supernatural (other than magic in this book, obvs)
More obvious in Old Nurse’s Story because ghost is scary, whereas in HP they’re
just normal and a part of every day life
Gothic has a more emotional response  feeling of fear associated with goosebumps
sensation
Not fear of physical injury (horror), it is fear of something they don’t understand
Mysteries that are explored in Gothics usually involve history / are locked deep in the
past  Chamber was opened 50 years ago, Lord Furnivall left the house 50 years ago
Usually the past is represented spatially rather than a linear timeline
Ie. the Chamber, the locked wing of the house
The Old Nurse’s Story
1852 – When the story was written; storytelling was popular
1820s – Rosamond and Hester
1770s – Miss Maude and Daughter
Winter seems to bring mysterious events
Opposition between warm and cold
Kitchen, fireplace, nursery  feel cheerful and safe if you’re in the bright room
with lots of people
oNurse describes rest of the house as “wild”
Cold is threatening and outdoors  outdoors is always threatening to come
indoors
Purpose of a Gothic story is to give you the shivers  always brings that threatening
cold into the hearth side, no many how many boundaries you’ve put up
Opposition between South and North
Travel North to Furnivall Manor
South is considered civilization; North is wild and associated with the Past
(REMEMBER: time in Gothic is SPATIAL [places])
West and East
West: open, bright, and warm
East: wing was always locked up; associated with the Past
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