Absent Adults in “Rex Zero” and the “End of the World” and “How I Live Now”


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Left to Their Own Devices: Absent Adults in Rex Zero and the End of the World and How I Live Now
In Rex Zero and the End of the World and How I Live Now, adults are either peripheral (and therefore ineffectual) or negligent, or both. This paper will show how lack of supervision by parents and guardians, as well as state institutions, creates an atmosphere of confusion and makes it necessary for the young protagonists to forge a world of their own out of their imaginations and, in the process, exercise autonomy. Without adequate guidance, the children’s experiences are solipsistic and reckless, and yet ultimately the young people at the centre of these stories develop both emotionally and morally as a result of their adventures and...
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