Ms. Madhu Sharma
Ph.D in Children’s Literature, Department of English
University of Jammu (J&K)
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children’s literature is a powerful agent of dominant ideology which flows from the writer (adults) into his stories and from stories into the children’s psyche and behavior. Adults select and read books for children, and the messages and impressions which are contained in these books, in return, help in the overall development of children, especially their moral and social development. Children, while reading books, become aware of how the characters (both positive and negative) used by the writers, act in various situations and how these characters deal with the other characters and more significantly, what are the moral lessons that the actions of these characters produce towards the end of the story. Therefore, adults or children’s book writers through their writings contribute in setting moral and ethical standards for children. These socially accepted moral standards are then adopted by children in their life and they perform their duty in accordance with these prescribed norms and standards. Whatever an individual learns from the surrounding social environment has a deep impact on his/her personality and understanding. The writers of the texts that are selected for the present paper are also influenced by socially dominant ideology of that time which automatically affects their writings and thinking. Therefore in the present paper the attempt is to discuss dominant adult’s ideology present in both the selected texts and how these texts in turn help in socialization of children.
Socialisation; Dominant Ideology; “Ideological Minefield”; Value system; Power Relation; RSA; ISA.