The Role Of Boyhood In Little Women And Treasure Island

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Boyhood in 'Little Women ' and 'Treasure Island '
It is impossible to deal fully with boyhood as a fixed state of childhood without keeping in mind its historical or its cultural setting. Throughout history and across cultures, boyhood has been changing in order to adapt and fit in the changing society. Undoubtedly, it is closely related to ideas about masculinity since masculinity is what a boy is expected to become. It is also commonly associated with the idea of manhood, as the relationship between boyhood and adulthood is a chronological relationship, which means; one has to come after another. The idea of boyhood has been tackled in different places throughout centuries. In fact, it continues to change and adapt depending on the cultural and the historical setting. So, in order to understand what boyhood is, and what is admired about the model boy, the setting in which the theme of boyhood is concerned has to be specified. This essay is going to discuss the competing models of boyhood presented in 'Little Women ' and 'Treasure Island '.

Alcott 's book is a conventional book which depicts the ideal role model for boys and girls in America at the time of the publication, which is the second half of the nineteenth century that follows the expectations of the patriarchal society. It might not seem that obvious, but Alcott has embedded some complex ideas about the role of the patriarchal society on boys in her book 'little women ' by bringing up Laurie 's
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