Loss and Separation and the Experience of Personal Development The process of growing up requires children to face their greatest fear: separation from their parents. In literature, this process is often illustrated through the utilization of conventions which posit the child protagonist away from his or her protectors via separation, loss or orphanization. In this way, the protagonist is forced to consider the ways in which he or she might be able to break free from the bonds of family, both literally and metaphorically, so that development towards adulthood can occur. This essay serves to examine the literary conventions of loss and separation in children’s novels, and argues that these are necessary elements of writing aimed at children...The end:
.....l development. In creating a story structure without a clear patriarchal or matriarchal figure, these authors offer children the ability to gain a greater sense of control over their own destinies. In this way, children can construct meanings associated with their own skill sets not only through absorbing information, but also through the contextual and social support provided by the protagonists of these stories of loss and separation. References Nesbit, E. The Story of the Treasure Seekers. New York: Chronicle Books, 2006. Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2009. Richler, M. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Montreal: Tundra Books, 2009 Stevenson, R.L. Treasure Island. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.