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Good and Evil in Children's Literature

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natalie srbinoski

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Good and Evil in Children's Literature

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Good and Evil in Children's Literature
Children's Literature.
The most influential way to convey a message about good and evil to youth is through the use of children's literature. Fictional stories provide a different avenue to express the importance of life morals to the youth of today and many more to come. Children's literature enables understanding through the use of a reading platform that engages the child's interest. Instilling these values at a youth age can help shape the child's value set and prepare them for moral dilemmas they may find themselves subjected to in the future.
Example 1: Alice in Wonderland.
My Understanding of Good and Evil.
Good and evil has always been characterized as a common dichotomy. Whether its in religion, media, ethics, literature and philosophy. From a young age, we have been taught that "good always conquers evil" from children's books or movies. From this we have acquired an understanding that those who inherit an 'evil' quality are automatically evil and those who inherit
"Books for children have a greater potential for good or evil, than any other form of literature on earth."
Dr Seuss: American writer, poet, and cartoonist.
Alice in wonderland shows a clear depiction of good and evil. One key example lies within the Queen's actions; representing that every human being has a strong need for power, some overcome it, some are succumb by it. A good moral that is conveyed in this story is that Alice acquired the confidence and courage to break free from rules to become that person she aspires to be.
Message to Children our Age.
The moral sent to children through fairytales isn't necessarily "don't walk alone in the woods" or "don't give in to the big bad wolf' but to look for the other superficial moral to teach you good from evil. Teenagers nowadays have to remember that you will assume different behaviors in each role. As you learn more about yourself in each role, you will reinforce your self-belief and learn to develop your capabilities within each role.
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