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ERIC Number: ED035630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 426
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Exemplifications of the Tragic Mode in Selected Realistic Fiction for Eight-to-Twelve-Year-Old Children.
Kingston, Carolyn Tietje
The purpose of this study was to discover whether tragedy exists in realistic fiction for eight-to-12-year-old children and, if so, to present selected exemplifications of this mode. The study assumed that children should be exposed to the tragic sense of life in their literature, and the child psychologists and critics of children's books who were consulted also believed this to be desirable. The 53 books which were selected as examples fell into five categories of major tragic conflicts: rejection, entrapment, sensitivity, war, and loss. It was found that these works illustrated man's capacity for nobility of thought and action, and that the stories had the capacity for universal extension generally associated with tragedy. Although children's stories deviate from the classical tragic form, it was found that the underlying tragic feeling of the work remains basically the same in literature for children and adults. The import of the selected stories was affirmative, with the pervading concept being that strength of spirit is more durable than frail flesh. (Author/DB)
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