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write 300 words engaging the two of the three readings and blend a little exposi


write 300 words engaging the two of the three readings and blend a little exposition and a little analysis as you apply our readings to Harry Potter. This should involve philosophical engagement and attention to issues of literary analysis. Good writing is essential. Here is some stuff to help you out. Plato Excerpts: The Analogy of the Sun, Analogy of the Divided Line, Analogy of the Cave (pdf including all three attached). Note: A second document for the Cave Analogy is also attached, that lays it out as a drama of “liberation”–it is recommended that you consider this version and its liberation model. Read the excerpts from Plato’s Republic,from Books VI and VII, in the attached files. Bear in mind that the Republic is a long work by Plato exploring the nature of “Justice” in the city and in the soul, but in debating about Justice the questions of knowledge and reality must be confronted. Plato advances his famous “Theory of the Forms” to suggest that true knowledge and the most real beings are the ideal forms, of which material objects and our knowledge about them are mere copies. As he does elsewhere, he presents the acquisition of enlightenment and knowledge as an upward journey from lesser to greater realities, which involves the transformation of the entire soul towards truth and real justice. This transformation gives us a comprehensive and encompassing “vision” of what is ultimately real, ultimately true, and ultimately important. This kind of enlightenment is what Plato sees as the necessary preparation and qualification for the ruler, who he describes ideally as the “Philosopher King”. How does Plato distinguish the levels/dimensions of reality in the Divided Line? What do you make of this model of knowledge and reality? How does Plato describe the Good (which cannot be seen) as the source/basis of the ‘visibility’ of everything else? Do you think there is something beyond the ‘seen’ that we cannot ‘see’ that is nonetheless ‘real’ and maybe even more real than what we see? How does Harry Potter play out a version of the Cave Analogy? In what ways is HP a story of liberation and enlightenment? How does knowledge of truth and the connection to reality, both seen as a kind of ascent of the soul, get played out in Harry Potter? How is Harry’s soul transformed such that he might be the more ideal ruler/leader than those who seek power actively? Note how the elements of the King’s Cross conversation, as discussed by Prinzi and by us in class, can be interpreted using Plato. C. “Unlocking The Deathly Hallows” (Chapter One of The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger). Start to read Granger’s Introduction and the Chapter included in the pdf–this assignment will span Thursday and Monday. What are the five keys to interpreting HP that Granger lays out? How many of these keys are already somewhat familiar to you? Which seems most provocative to you?