Are Archetypes Not Enough in Children's Literature? A Case Study of Body Shaming and Stereotypes in Roald Dahl's The Twits And The Witches


  • Akanksha Bahukhandi Research Scholar Department of English H.N.B.G.U, Srinagar Uttarakhand, India



Archetypes, Stereotypes, Children’s literature, Body Shaming, Prejudices.


Archetypes are easily identifiable in works of fiction regardless of when they were penned and the relevant cultural mileu. This is because archetypes are functional units of the 'collective unconcious' which is common to all. Going by that logic shouldn't the authors of fiction be just fine with exploring various aspects and variations af various archetyes deep seated in the psyche of their readers? If archetypes provide a sound base of ready acceptance by virtue of  their familiarity to the entire human race, then what explains the rampant use of strereotypical characters and plots in fiction all across the globe and especially in children's literature? Do the stereotypes encourage prejudices and body shaming? The present paper aims to look into the possible reasons behind the use of stereotypes and caricatures, their effectiveness and their impact on the young readers.


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