Date

5-2017

Department

English and Modern Languages

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Tess Stockslager

Keywords

Harry Potter, Lawrence Kohlberg, Moral Development, Moral Education

Disciplines

Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Literature in English, North America

Abstract

This thesis examines Harry Potter’s moral development and illustrates how a reader’s involvement with literature complements moral education in the classroom. Using Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral development as a guide, this thesis considers how Harry solidifies his moral commitments as he matures and, as a result, becomes more aware of how his moral principles influence his actions. Through an analysis of Harry’s cognitive reasoning, which is evidenced through the narration, readers are able to develop a similar awareness to the ways their moral principles influence their choices