Comparing Snape and Mr Creakle in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Mr Creakle is the headmaster at Salem House, “David Copperfield” byCharles Dickens. Snape is the Potions Master at Hogwarts, Harry Potterseries by J K Rowling. It is because of the education system that MrCreakle and Snape meet the main characters from both books (David andHarry). Whilst Snape teaches his pupils, Mr Creakle’s main aim is toinflict physical punishment upon his pupils.
Attitude towards Education
Both Snape and Mr Creakle are portrayed as frightening teachers.
Snape is very strict in his classes although he does not need to usephysical punishment to keep his class in order. His frighteningcharacter is enough to keep his pupils in order. “I don’t expect youwill understand the beauty of the softly, simmering cauldron with itsshimmering fumes, the delicate powers of liquidsaˆ¦I can teach you howto bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death – if you aren’t as biga bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach” – this shows Snapeas patronising, not caring about his pupil’s feelings and lackingrespect. On the other hand, Mr Creakle is very physical towards hispupils. “At every question he gave me a fleshy cut with it that mademe writhe” – this shows that Mr Creakle believes that discipline isthe only way to keep the children in order. He cuts jokes before hehits the boys, “Mr Creakle cuts a joke before he beats him”. Thisportrays that he likes beating them.
Snape is willing to teach his pupils his potions subject and thepupils are not in fear to attend his class, whereas Mr Creakle enjoyspunishing his pupils and not a lot of learning takes place in thisclassroom. Mr Creakle’s pupils are in total fear of attending hisclasses.
In class, Snape likes to single out and blame Harry for things thatare not his fault, “You Potter, why didn’t you tell him not to add the