Literary Criticism

Literary criticism is that art of evaluating and analyzing fiction. This is where I do my close readings of literature and try to figure out what it all means.

 Harry Potter

Hallows or Horcruxes?: Power in Harry Potter
Examines the theme of power in the Potter novels, showing them to be explicitly Christian. This paper has been substantially revised and expanded, but still needs work.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Hallows
This short essay examines the three Deathly Hallows of the last book and finds that Harry also goes through a Hallows Quest in the first book of the series. The essay can also be found over at HogPro and Wand-Lore.

Potter Typology: Lockhart and Slughorn
This essay draws parallels and contrasts between Hogwarts Professors Gilderoy Lockhart and Horace Slughorn. It is argued that Slughorn is typological inversion of Lockhart, redeeming himself where Lockhart did not.

Neville Longbottom and King Arthur
A brief post on how Neville Longbottom in Deathly Hallows has Arthurian overtones.


The Hunger Games

I recommend you read these in chronological order as listed since they all build off of the ones that come before.

The Transformation of Katniss
I explicate Katniss’ transformation and redemption in the first book of the Hunger Games.

The Girl Who Was On Fire (Part One)
The Girl Who Was On Fire (Part Two)
I argue that Katniss is a symbolic phoenix in The Hunger Games, transformed by alchemical fire in the crucible arena. I also argue that the primary symbol of transformation in the book is bread, which allows us to understand Peeta’s place better within the context of the novel as a whole.

Katniss the Betrayer? (Part One)
Katniss the Betrayer (Part Two)
I argue that Katniss’ actions at the end of Mockingjay is the proper resolution to the story, and when understood correctly, robustly moral and Christian.

The Hunger Games and How to Read Literature
I respond to some of the moral concerns some Christians have raised about the HG books.



Alchemical Symbolism in Enclave
I share some preliminary thoughts on the symbolism of the three stages of alchemy in the dystopian novel Enclave.



Character Typology: Katsa and Bitterblue
This brief article develops the connection between Katsa and Bitterblue, arguing that they are parallel stories.


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