Building Identity in Children’s Literature Identity is an elusive concept that is difficult to define; yet it is very important in everyday life. Identity can represent all attributes that make us what we are in our eyes and in the eyes of others. The two images need not (and often are not) the same: the way we perceive ourselves from inside could be very different from the way others perceive us. Identity is not a static phenomenon. Our life experiences as well as the society we belong to shape and change our identities through life. Children are the group that is the most susceptible to internal and external influences on their identity. Shaping personal identity is closely related to a child’s development (or ‘growing up’) process....The end:
.....Pevensies shape their identities around their gender. Coraline shows her bravery boldly confronting the Other Mother. Thus, the way others perceive us can have a strong influence on personal identity. But the others perceive us looking through the prism of their own experiences, society and rules that guide that society. But, as novels show, accepting that identity can be crucial in achieving goals that we or the others have set in front of us. Works Cited: Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. London: Macmillan Children’s Books, 1996. Print. Gaiman , Neil. Coraline. New York: Harper Collins, 2002. Print. Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. New York: HarperTrophy – Harper Collins, 2000. Print.