Gender Representation In Childrens Literature Analysis

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This essay is written according to the conventions of the MLA: Gender Representation in Children’s Literature “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you 'll go.” - Dr. Seuss. Books influence the reader in many different ways whether it is gaining knowledge or learning a new language. However, the first time encountering a book is from the perspective of a listener. It is the parents who read to their children and, unknowingly, already by choosing a certain book with a certain content influence the way children may adopt a point of view on society structures or gender roles. Books have a considerable influence on children and their perception on society structures and gender roles; therefore, stereotypes are to be eliminated, a larger variety of gender roles needs to be included and creating gender equality by introducing more female characters is inevitable. Firstly, studies have shown that there has not changed a lot since the Women’s Liberation movement concerning the portrayal of women and men in children’s books ( Masterson 72). Flipping through a children’s book for preschoolers, one can easily grasp what characters are included and how they act or are portrayed. However, it is important to have a full analysis of all the characters in order to understand the power relations and role allocation the characters have in a children’s book. Masterson and Moser conducted a study they based on previous results from

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