A discussion about the darkness of children's characters

Andrews, Holly (2015) A discussion about the darkness of children's characters. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Grimm s fai1y-tales are infamous for their gruesome plots featuring wicked witches evil stepmothers and creatures that often go bump in the night. Now, a few contemporary authors have adopted the darker side of children's literature, during this essay I ,viii be focusing on the works of Roald Dahl, who handles both verbal and physical abuse of children using humour, C. S. Lewis and his retelling of the bible, using a villain who sacrifices a God figure and turns others to stone and Lewis Carroll with his nonsensical world where many characters literally lose their head. All of these I will compare to my own artefact, entitle -The Adventures of Mirabelle: A Shattering World (Andrew , 2014) and how character attribute to the darkness of the plot, including the hero through a battle of - as Christopher Vogler explains - "the Shadow" (l996 p.83).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 16:22
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 16:22
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/23271

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