Class and Parenting Responsibility in Children’s Literature: A Comparative Reading of Esemedafe’s The Schooldays of Edore and Areo’s Mother’s Choice

Ebiketonmor Opomu
Keywords: Children, Literature, Parenting, Comparative, Responsibility
Tropical Journal of Arts and Humanities 2020 2(1), 14-24. Published: July 16, 2020


Abstract

Although the description of children‟s literature will naturally suggest that all the characters are children, adult characters also feature in the genre. This is because the former‟s existence and well-being is depended on the parenting role of the latter in the society. There are numerous studies that have focused on the relations of children and parent characters in children‟s literature. Nwokolo et al for instance have discussed the parenting role of mother in Esemedafe‟s Schooldays of Edore but without making reference to her class as a possible determinant of the success or otherwise of her role‟s relation with the child character. This paper attempts a comparative analysis of class influence on parenting responsibility in Esemedafe‟s The Schooldays of Edore and Areo‟s Mother’s Choice. The paper adopts the Marxist approach in analysing the element of class; highlighting on the setting and characterisation of the texts, with the aim to unearth how it plays out and affects social conduct and outcome in the society.