Compare and Contrast Essay
Twilight versus Harry Potter
Witches and wizards, werewolves and vampires; they're all over the place in today's pop culture; Team Edward versus Team Jacob or Gryffindor House versus Slytherin House. Good versus evil. Which one is more age appropriate? Which one teaches the most valuable lessons?
A popular theme in many works written for children and teenagers is the creation of an unusual world. Often in these works, a character leaves their typical life in the first world and arrives into the other world, only to come back home at the end of the story. An unusual world is created in each of the novels Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling, and Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyer. The wizarding world is created in Harry Potter, as is the vampire world in Twilight. A summary of the two series and some of the lessons they present may help parents decide which, if either, are appropriate for their children to experience.
Harry Potter and Bella Swan are the main characters who enter these worlds that are, at first, unusual to them. For each, these worlds remain an influential part of their lives and they choose not to leave the world at the end of the novel. To both characters, the worlds are more appealing to them than their previous lives. Even though they face many unsafe circumstances, eventually they benefit from the experience.
Before discovering the wizarding world, 11-year-old Harry lived with the Dursleys. They are his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and his cousin Dudley. Since his parents were killed when he was just a year old, this is the only life he remembers. His life here is unpleasant and he had lost any home that his situation would ever change. When a giant named Hagrid finds him and tells him he is a wizard, Harry is soon very trusting of him and curious about what this new world has to offer him. Soon Harry discovers that he is...