Last week we posted a rather controversial essay by our brand-new editorialist, hpboy13. At the close of a solid month of Snape character analysis on the site, he provided a final word of sorts in the form of a certain piece titled "My damnation of Severus Snape," and while he has drawn some fire for the essay, it has ignited some excellent conversation.
That essay has been commented on 216 times.
Today, our eloquent man in The Three Broomsticks has a few words to say about another beloved character of the series - his new target? Ron Weasley.
I believe, after debating Ron endlessly with other fans, that the root of the problem [Ron's being an unlikable character] comes from Ron's jealousy. I would go so far as to call it Ron's defining characteristic...
Close-reading several scenes of the series in which Ron's jealousy is most notable, hpboy13 eventually concludes that the character's general envy lies in his many insecurities, the principal of those being that he has low self-respect, and therefore craves praise, and with it, love.
This editorialist may be biased, but in this essay and others he has derived some excellent insights from the text. Have a read of "Ron's Jealousy" and engage in discussion with the author, himself, and if your analysis of Ron Weasley differs from hpboy13, feel free to post your critiques as well.
Remember that with this stuff, no one Potter-interpreter is right - each can only try to capture a little piece of the truth.