Case Study: The Pea In The Wardrobe

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The Pea in the Wardrobe Everyone has their own understanding of what childhood agency means to them. According to Author Richard Flynn, who wrote the article titled, What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Agency, he defined childhood agency as “children’s competence and capability as social actors and about challenging what James calls ‘the more traditional, developmental discourse of children’s incompetence’”(262). During the course of this paper, I will discuss how my understanding of childhood agency differs from Flynn’s through the use of examples from the film, Narnia, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first of three adaptations of C.S Lewis’ series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This film was set during the World War II bombings…show more content…
What follows is blame. They blame their child for not being able to make it on their own. However, Lucy contradicts that idea and it is clear from the start that she is a prime example of a responsible child. When she first entered Narnia, she was greeted by a Faun, Mr. Tumnus, a Narnian creature, who warmly invited her to his home, even though he knew it was against the White Witch’s orders. When she came back with her siblings, she witnessed that his home had been raided and that there was a notice on the wall, stating that he was captured for treason, because he was seen with a human. Lucy knew that it was because of her that Mr. Tumnus was in danger and made it a point to stand by what she had caused and fix it. She refused to let someone suffer because of her. When Susan said they will not be of any help because they are humans, Lucy was quick to admit that she was the problem, saying, “You don’t get it, do you? I’m the human”. Lucy could have easily walked away from the situation knowing it was only going to get harder. She had the opportunity to leave her problems behind but she voluntarily chose to face up to the music and figure out a way to help Mr. Tumnus and his fellow Narnians. This can be applied to everyday…show more content…
It is puzzling how although she is the youngest and yet shows the most agency. One could think of it as children feeling the need to possess agency, especially around adults because they do not want to be viewed as a vulnerable being who is dependent on others, especially when others, though older, act less mature than them. Lucy is a good role model for children of all ages. Throughout this film, we see copious scenes where Lucy defies the image of a child and proves that childhood agency is not just about capability and competence, according to Flynn who defines the term childhood agency as “children’s competence and capability as social actors and about challenging what James calls ‘the more traditional, developmental discourse of children’s incompetence’”(262), but rather goes beyond that to show that childhood agency is about the ability for a child to show forgiveness, leadership, courage, strength, responsibility and maturity especially when they are experiencing trials and tribulations. They are able to put aside their weaknesses and pull themselves together for the good of

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