The main conflict of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is Death wanting to take the men for himself. You see, in the beginning of the tale, it says, "And Death spoke to them. He was angry that he had been cheated out of three new victims, for travellers usually drowned in the river" (88). Basically, Death used that spot to claim people after they'd died in the river, but because the three brothers did not die, he felt enranged that they did not die like others and thus, the conflict expanded. He pretends to congratulate the men and gives them three prizes for their own, the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak. The reason I believe this is the main conflict and not an important event is because if Death never gave the brothers the prizes to try to kill them, nothing that happened in the story would have actually happened. This affects both Death and the brothers because Death is trying to get the brothers and they will die because of this. The conflict here is definetly external because death and pain is all just external things. The conflict does get resolved at the end of the story, "And so Death took the first brother for his own. . . . And so Death took the second brother for his own. . . . And then he (the youngest brother) greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life" (91, 92, 93). So the Old and Middle brother die and Death takes them, he also takes the Young brother, but as equals. This resolves the conflict because now Death finally has the three brothers we wanted to keep, and the brothers have finished their lives.
Due to the fact that "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is a collection of wizard folktales, I will only choose one story, which is "The Tale of the Three Brothers," which is most recognizable since it was mentioned in the last Harry Potter story. The main characters in the short story, as the name suggests, are the three brothers. Their names are not given, so I'll simply refer to them as Old, Middle, and Young brother. Their role in the book is to serve for teaching the moral of the story, which is that Death can never be overcome, you just have to acknowledge that and treat it as simply another step in life. First of all, it is quite easy to tell their personalities because the story says them, ". . . the oldest brother, who was a combatitive man . . . the second brother, who was an arrogant man . . . The youngest brother was the humblest and also the wisest of the brothers . . ."(88-89). So the Old brother was combatitive and liked to get into fights, the Middle brother was arrogant and beleived to be very powerful, and then Young brother was wise and humble and knew the best choices to pick. The next important character in the story is the personification of Death, who is the antagonist. He is there to symbolize death of course and plays a major part in the story. In the book, the author states, "But Death was cunning" (88), and overall is portrayed as a malicious being. Finally, I believe every person here, except the Young brother is static, while he is a tiny bit dynamic. The two brothers die and stay the same as they were before, combatative and arrogant, while Death simply is still Death and takes the souls of people. Though the Young brother in the end departs with Death "as equals" and leaves this world, showing how he changed to understand that he could not run away from Death forever.
I think that the GATE Icon that most connects with this collection of stories is Details. It may sound odd to think that all this book is just details, but it is! First of all, this book is supposed to be accompanied with another book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where this book was first mentioned. The collection of stories was simply a detail in the book, something to help pull the plot foward. The most important story out of the bunch mentioned was "The Tale of the Three Brothers," which is where the name "Deathly Hallows" arrises, which are the gifts Death gives to the three brothers, "So the oldest brother . . . asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence . . . Then the second brother . . . asked for the power to recall others from Death . . . The youngest brother . . . asked for something that would enable him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death" (88, 89). Another reason why I believe this is details is because all the stories are simply just tales, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches" (VII). These tales were just made to teach kids morals and ethics and all sorts of important things. These stories are simply examples or details of the bigger picture/moral of the story told. In the end, The Tales of Beedle the Bard are simply just fun stories to read that help paint a better idea of another story, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
In the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I believe the theme is courage. A theme statement that would sum up the story very well would be, gaining courage over time helps conquer all. This means that courage comes naturally and may take time to show in ones person. Once achieved, courage gives someone the bravery to overcome anything and face it. One reason that I believe courage is definitely the them of the story since Harry is a part of the Gryffindor house at Hogwarts. The famous characteristic of that house being courage and bravery (671). One other reason is near the end of the plot, Harry has to use his courage to face Voldemort and die, which is by all means, a very hard thing to do (700). Courage is used in the story to express how Harry was able to defeat the Dark Lord and stand up to him. Even though we don't have "Dark Lords," courage is still necessary in the real world. Without courage, no one would protest, fearing what would happen to them if the government caught them and decided to punish them. Courage can gift one to power to stand up to tyrannical rulers, to plead for unjust laws to be impeached. Anyways, the lesson to be learned here is that courage is needed in everyday lives, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows creates a dramatic way of showing it.
A very important and crucial part in the story Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is Harry's mini-battle/discussion with Lord Voldemort at the end of the book. The reason it is such an important part of the plot is that it resolves the conflict. As said before, the conflict of the story is Voldemort's return, and in this scene, Voldemort's reign of tyranny ends. It shows how Voldemort's attitude and behavior changes when Harry acts like he did, cool, calm, and not scared at all. This leads to the theme of the story, which I believe is courage, due to the fact that Harry's courage is shown when he speaks to Voldemort as if he weren't the worst wizard of all time who murdered his parents and isn't afraid to die trying to stop him. The exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution are quite easy to see where they are. The exposition is when Harry decides to save Molly Weasley from Voldemort, revealing himself to the public and Voldemort that he is in fact, not dead (737). The rising action is started as Harry begins to have a little chat with Voldemort, all the way through to when Harry speaks about the Elder Wand's true owner. This then means that the climax is when Harry reveals that the reason the Elder Wand doesn't work properly with Voldemort is since Harry is the true owner (743), leading to the falling action. Voldemort then gets ticked off, and sends a Killing Curse towards Harry, but Harry uses "Expelliarmus," which as you can guess, expels the arm the target is in possession of. The wand then rebounds the curse at Voldemort, killing him once and for all, and all that follows is the resolution of the plot (744). One thing that did leave me questioning was what happened to Voldemort after he died? What did he feel at the moment and did he go the same thing that Harry went through when he was "dead?"
The main conflict in the story Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is Voldemort's return to power, and Harry Potter's protective charm keeping him safe from Voldemort finally breaking at his 17th birthday (33). This is the conflict of the story and not just an important event is since it has been stressed throughout the 6 previous books. Harry has been protected by the charm from Voldemort, or else he'd be dead the day Voldemort returned to power. Plus Voldemort's return has caused quite an enormous threat to the universe Harry lives in. This problem effects mostly everyone in Harry's world since Harry is the only one able to stop Voldemort and without the protection charm, he has a huge disadvantage. And Voldemort causes huge problems since he kills anyone he pleases, muggles, wizards and witches, etc (34/35) So far, Harry's reaction to the conflict is that he is fleeing from his Uncle's house and going under the protection of the Order of the Phoenix as well as Hogwarts's. This is definitely an external problem since Voldemort is killing people (external) and Harry's charm is breaking (external).
First off, the main characters in the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are Harry Potter himself, his friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley, and Voldemort AKA "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." Minor characters include other students and staff at Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as some older wizards and Death Eaters which are supporters of Voldemort, but let's move back to the main characters. Harry Potter's role in the story is very important, I mean come on, the darn book is named after him! He is portrayed as the "Boy Who Lived," being the only person to survive Voldemort, who I'll get into in a bit. This gained him pouring amounts of fame and praise since Voldemort was a terrifying figure in Wizard society, murdering who he pleased and having no recollection of the word mercy. Voldemort, as said before, was a notorious wizard and has returned to power once again. His cruel nature can be shown very well after Severous Snape, a Death Eater and staff member at Hogwarts, cold-bloodedly kills Charity Burbage, another Hogwarts staff memeber, and simply feeds her to his pet snake, Nagani (12). Back to Harry, he seems protective of those he loves and quite angry when provoked. This can be properly seen when Harry reads a passage on a Wizard news article, The Daily Prophet, saying that Albus Dumbledore, who is dead since the last book, wasn't as great of a man as he was thought to be and jabbed quite a bit at Harry himself too. He then proceeds to crumple up the news article, enraged and cries, "LIES!" (28). Harry has proven to be a dynamic character over the last 6 books, learning ever so more and becoming a better person, while Voldemort is a static character, not learning anything and simply being the dull monstrosity he is.