Posts Tagged: Orphans
Anyone who made it through high school English can probably recall reading a story or two about young protagonists finding themselves in the absence of parental guidance. From whence does this orphan trope come? And why?
Is this what all of us innately fear—the state of being in charge of our destinies, the only ones responsible for our own actions and decisions?
From Cinderella and Oliver Twist to Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter, Etan Smallman muses on the paradox of why so many of literature’s most celebrated protagonists are orphans:
Many of the most powerful characters in our best-loved stories are orphaned, adopted, fostered, or found.