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ERIC Number: ED147825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 12
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"Daddy, Daddy, You Bastard, I'm Through": Rebellion in Children's Literature.
Blackburn, William
The way in which children's rebellion against adults is handled in literature may be examined through analyses of three works in which adults meet their deaths at the hands of children. "Hansel and Gretel" depicts with candor the struggle of children against adults but indulges in moral oversimplification that encourages children to think in terms of absolute good and evil. "Treasure Island," by Robert Louis Stevenson, fails to give a satisfying picture of the child as rebel, since the murder of the adult aggressor occurs only as a mechanical act, not as one chosen deliberately and rationally by the child. "Peter Pan," by James M. Barrie, shows Peter's rebellion against the adult world and also shows the price Peter pays for his rebellion: the failure to find a heart. Modern critics must be willing to accept attitudes of rebellion toward adults in children's literature as serious and valuable components of that literature, and they should require literary works to make some sort of moral evaluation of these attitudes. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Children's Literature Association (4th, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 25-27, 1977)