Taboo, Guilt and Shame: A Reading of Select juvenile literature


  • Sreedevi. N.M


The paper examines how juvenile literature has become a construct in the hands of patriarchy that manipulates the different realms of the child psyche and instills in them the concepts like shame, guilt, taboo etc. The child’s psyche is like a tabula rasa and the concept of guilt is thrust upon them at the early age of 3 to 5 through compelling fairy tales. Guilt is first and foremost, an emotion. One may think of guilt as a good way to get someone to do something for you out of a sense of obligation. It includes a cluster of multifarious emotions like agony, grief, and loneliness as its accompaniment according to one’s comprehensive framework.



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N.M, S. (2016). Taboo, Guilt and Shame: A Reading of Select juvenile literature. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 4(11), 8. Retrieved from