Osiris Compare And Contrast Essay

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In the realm of pop culture one can find countless parallels between the plots of popular stories and ancient myth. One such reference to these parallels can be found in the plot similarities between the story of Isis seeking out the dismembered parts of her recently murdered husband, Osiris, and the tale of Harry Potter seeking out the cursed horcruxes in order to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort. While there are major differences in context, there are significant similarities between the two stories and how they unfold; chiefly in the presence of an evil adversary, a physical journey taking place, and a conclusion wherein the hero ultimately prevails. These similarities prove to show the true impact that ancient myth has had upon culture throughout …show more content…
Isis and Osiris’ brother, Seth, decides to take action after Osiris is crowned King of Egypt. In an act of jealousy, Seth has a beautiful sarcophagus created for Osiris. Sarcophaguses were considered very valuable in Egyptian culture at the time, as death and burial were drastically important to society in Ancient Egypt. After arranging to have this casket created for his brother, Seth devises a way to convince his brother to get into it, so as to permanently rid the world of his brother. Being rather clever, Seth brings the lavish sarcophagus to a party, stating that whoever’s size fit the ostentatious coffin would get to keep it. Naturally, Osiris was a perfect fit. After trapping Osiris within the coffin, thereby murdering him, Seth casts him to far away Byblos in attempts to prevent Isis from attempting to resurrect the late king. Thus prompting Isis to begin her quest to find her husband. Which she does accomplish! But alas, after finding her husband’s body, the nefarious Seth finds the body again, cutting it into 14 separate parts and scattering them throughout the world. Isis, a loving and loyal wife, as a result, undergoes another quest in order to find the pieces, and reassemble the body of her deceased husband so that he can finally be laid to rest. After finding 13 of the 14 pieces, and crafting a golden phallus to replace the lone missing piece, she completes …show more content…
Many of the similarities between Isis and Harry Potter will be drawn specifically from the reassembling journey. In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series, we find Harry on quest not too different from the one that Isis embarked on. The series of events begins in the home of James and Lily Potter, a young couple of wizards. On one Halloween night, a dangerous wizard by the name of Voldemort arrived at the Potter’s residence in order to commit a very heinous act. After hearing half of a prophecy from a very powerful wizard stating that the newborn son of James and Lily, Harry, would be his greatest enemy, Voldemort seeks out the baby in order to murder him. However, in the process of trying to

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