Gender Roles in Childrens Books

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Brott argues that a large percentage of the writers have mainly focused on male protagonists and the few that have touched on women’s issues do so from a negative point of view (Brott 23). Consequently, men’s reputation has been tarnished to a point where it is difficult to repair. Previous attempts to rectify the transgression have not resulted in significant outcomes for the oppressed gender.In most societies, the most significant and effective method of passing on values and perceptions rests in reading and telling stories captured in children’s literature. An ordinary experience for many kindergarten children involves listening to stories told from books, most of which are enhanced with illustrations. These young children delight in hearing stories from a favorite book regularly. From the analysis, Brott concluded that young children are assisted in exercising rational thinking as they assemble, devise, experiment, modify, and enlarge their perception of the world through paying attention and talking about stories in books (Brott 12). Literature has continued to influence the socialization process for many years despite the overriding role of television in the daily lives of most children. Children have been able to recall the titles, characters, and plots of books even when they were older. From the above analysis, it is clear that literature plays a major role in shaping children’s perceptions that may include gender roles and position in society.Armin Brott was right in pointing out the fact that men were portrayed in a negative and minimal way within most children’s literature. Out of the five books that discussed fathers and their contribution to children’s lives, it was clear that Brott’s observation was largely correct. All the books presented fathers as positive protagonists who failed to provide physical, emotional, and paternal care.