Gender Patterns in Children's Literature Analytical Essay by sonicblur

Gender Patterns in Children's Literature
Explores gendered patterns of maturation in children's literature.
# 28306 | 1,615 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2003 | CA
Published on Jun 24, 2003 in Literature (Children) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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This paper explores the patterns of maturation found in children's literature with reference to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. It finds that in modern children's literature the typical gender roles are reversed, with Harry acting on behalf of society (typically a female pattern) and Charlotte maturing as an individual (typically male pattern). Anne of Green Gables and Treasure Island are used to display the typical patterns.

From the Paper:

"In children's literature gender roles have been laid quite clearly. These patterns exist from the early fairy tales to present day novels. Recently some authors have attempted to reverse the typical gender roles of characters; giving male protagonists more passive and nurturing characteristics, and females greater abilities to become active individuals. This is particularly apparent in stories about maturation."

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