Purpose of Children's Liturature Essay

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PuMarshal-Thomas Bobechko BOBECHKO 1


Mr. Danckert

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Creating a Selfless Society

In the children’s novels, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White we see that the purpose of children’s literature to teach selflessness. This quality will initially develop others’ loyalty if it is continuously given to one another. Once loyalty is established, then a sense of responsibility for protecting each other becomes natural. These traits demonstrate that the purpose of children’s literature is to teach children to be selfless through showing them
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These companions face many challenges from trying to win the house cup, to saving the Philosopher’s Stone. On this journey, the three children come across a chess game to which one of them has to sacrifice their life to allow the others to progress in trying to save the stone. When Ron and Harry get on top of the giant chess piece and play the magic game, “Ron contemplates their final move. He looks to the white queen chess piece and says softly, ‘it’s the only way… I’ve got to be taken.’ ‘NO!’ Harry and Hermione [shout]. ‘That’s chess!’ [snaps] Ron, “You’ve got to make some sacrifices!’”(Rowling, 283). Ron thinks that in order for his friends to move on, he must willingly sacrifice his life out of loyalty to his friends. This shows the small group’s growing sense of loyalty for one another through all the challenges each of them face together. Hermione stays behind with Ron to take care of him, while Harry continues on to save the stone with a new cause because of that sacrifice. Again we see that, when selflessness is shared with people, loyalty will soon follow. This shows that when a person is selfless their acts will be reciprocated and this will lead to helping one another in a time of need.
Only after a person has established loyalty, a sense of responsibility towards one another becomes natural. The author, C.S. Lewis, demonstrates this in The Lion, BOBECHKO 3
The Witch and the Wardrobe after Aslan comes back from

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