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ERIC Number: ED257117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cormier and the Pessimistic View.
Ellis, W. Geiger
Teachers' dismissal of Robert Cormier's books as "too depressing" suggests a lack of sound critical understanding of his work and a lack of faith in individual young people. The body of adolescent or young adult literature has come a long way in recent years. The writing has shown a much fuller range of literary quality and the content or subject matter has been expanding. Cormier's works are consistent, in that they focus on the struggle between individuals and an institution. Cormier causes the reader to see through the individual characters that the boundaries and the controls set by the institution need not and must not be passively accepted. Not one of his characters is concerned with alcoholism, drug use (except where imposed by institutions), premarital sex, childbirth, physical handicaps, social and racial problems, divorce, menstruation, or other topics common to adolescent literature. His heroes are tragic and their flaw is their unwillingness to "play by established rules." Like the authors of many adult novels, Cormier is a writer of hope who may heighten the awareness of those who are subject to the forces he depicts and inspire his readers with ennobling portrayals of human beings as individuals. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A