Fear, By Neal Shusterman And Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

979 Words Dec 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Fear is one of the most common feelings in humanity and how a person responds to it reveals the depth of his or her moral character. In novels like Everlost by Neal Shusterman and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, the authors use fear to illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of their characters. The approach that characters like Allie, Harry, and Mary take toward their fears demonstrates to the reader what they value and their true nature.
Allie from Everlost portrays herself as a fearless girl with nerves of steel. She does not so much conquer fear as suppress it entirely. When she is captured by the McGill, she knows, “Monsters only had the power that you gave them,” (Shusterman) and she refuses to show how scared she is. Instead of being cowed by him, she manages to manipulate him instead. This not only demonstrates to the reader how brave Allie is, it also serves to make her intimidating to the reader. Fear is a natural response, so to see a character like Allie suppress fear entirely makes her seem almost unnatural. Allie is an unnerving character because she refuses to be limited by anything, not by fear and certainly not by other people’s rules. Early in the book, she constantly is fighting the limitations imposed on the afterlights of the Everlost by Mary Hightower first by refusing to fall into the patterns that afterlights fall into and then by actively seeking out the Haunter despite being told not to. She would rather face the unknown and…

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