Daddy Wasn’t There


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?

Roxie Pell is a student at Wesleyan University, where she writes for Wesleying and The Argus and tweets hilarious nuggets of pure wisdom @jonathnfranzen. More from this author →