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Aristotle, Boethius, and Machiavelli?

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Why the Harry Potter series' Voldemort will never be a Prince Aristotle, Boethius, and Machiavelli? Oh My! The Harry Potter Series as Children's and Adolescent Literature Conclusion The Expected: a journey, adventure, etc.

The Unexpected: politics, philosophy

Philosophy as a means of exploring Voldemort's death and demise Aristotle's Discourse of the Mean Evil is parasitic on goodness

Voldemort prizes power above everything else and abandons good to pursue it, turning to murder, torture and other immoral means.

In doing so, he abandons his own human nature and, eventually, his ability to rationalize. Boethius and Voldemort's Self-Destruction "There is no good and evil, there is only power... and those too weak to seek it." Voldemort's Inability to Be a Machiavellian Prince Riddle as Child Riddle as Young Man Voldemort as Irrational Being Black: White as Villian: Hero, Right? Is Voldemort also a full-blooded personification of evil? Villainy found its most vivid and full-blooded personification in the Elizabethan theatre and the Victorian novel. There are no two ways about Goneril and Quilp, Lady Macbeth and Uriah Heep. They don't try and explain their immorality, they don't blame their parents or put it all down to premature weaning. They come into their stories not only accepting their moral deficiencies but positively enjoying them. (Mortimer viii) Stages of Voldemort's Dehumanization as Mapped out Using Three Philosophies Timeline of Voldemort's Degeneration as Human and Moral or Rational Being Stage of Life Stage of Philosophy Childhood,
Adolescence,
and Early Adulthood Tom Riddle
Becomes
Voldemort Aristotle's Discourse of the Mean

Excess Mean Deficiency Boethius and the
Self-Destructive Effects
of Evil Pursuit and Failure
to achieve Princehood The Virtues of Hogwarts "In either the excessive or deficient cases, a person's acts will be out of step with his capabilities and circumstances because of his failing to deal with his emotions properly" (Patterson 126-127). The Dark Lord
You-Know-Who While Voldemort prefers fear to love, he is, as a result of his strong fears, incapable of harnessing the cruelty Machiavelli explains should be used as a tool. Rather than using violence swiftly and purposefully, he begins a reign of terror. Voldemort does not fall to Harry because he is “bad” and Harry is “good” or because this is what the readers demand. Rather, we can gain even more respect for the work in seeing that Voldemort’s decline and fall are much more complicated and based on his decisions and irrationality, not the demands of a particular archetype. We have to stop trying to categorize the hero and villain as good or evil. Harry is hero only relative to the nature of the villain he opposes and vice versa but he is not necessarily purely good or evil. Putting these labels on characters reduces our ability to understand them and their depth. It might also explain how, when we think of works like this series as depicting good and evil, we undermine children’s literature’s potential for complexity. Orphanage- Hogwarts Uses power out of anger
Uses relationship with Slughorn to find out about Horcruxes
Begins learning dark magic Post-Hogwarts
Formation of Death Eaters Attempts to kill Harry
Drinks unicorn blood
Horcruxes Aristotle, Boethius, and Machiavelli? Oh My:
Why the Harry Potter series’ Voldemort will Never Be a Prince Eastern Michigan University Children's Literature Lacey Hoffman Lacey Hoffman Children's Literature Eastern Michigan University Aristotle, Boethius, and Machiavelli? Oh My: Why the Harry Potter series’ Voldemort will Never Be a Prince Works Cited

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