November 16, 2012
Professor: Kathryn MacDonald
Relationship between Internal Quest and External Adventure
In fantasy story telling the protagonist travels on an internal quest and external adventure. The external adventure delves into the situational adventure of the main character. This indicates the physical adventure, how the life of the protagonist unfolds to the reader. The internal quest dictates how the character grows emotionally. The internal quest is important in that it shows how the inner turmoil of the character transforms. This transformation from the protagonist that sees the world from a single view in the beginning of the novel to the overall picture towards the end of the novel. In this essay I will discuss how the authors of the novels “J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Kenneth Oppel, Sunwing” handle the convention of both the internal and external situations they depict upon their characters Harry and Shade. J.K. Rowling’s handles the convention of internal quest and external adventure by telling us how a young boy “Harry Potter” transforms both physically and mentally into a self-confident, maturing young wizard. Situations are designed to make Harry grow from being a boy with low self-esteem and self-confidence, living under his Aunt and Uncles staircase and being treated horribly, to a wizard that learns to think and take care of himself. J.K Rowling’s allows Harry to travel through a very trying physical adventure by letting him face many dangers with the help of his friends. J. K. Rowling lets Harry face and overcome many obstacles, whether he is chasing winged keys (J. K. Rowling. p203) or fighting Lord Voldemort in Professors Quirrell’s body (213). These all help Harry turn into a self-confident boy that will decide to overcome evil by standing up and facing it head on. J.K Rowling lets Harry grow from a timid boy that is afraid to speak and ask questions at the Dursley’s home to...