Today’s post deals with the orphan boy named Oswyk.
For many years, orphans have been made into heroes, something that is a huge problem with literature today. Orphans as heroes have been admired by adults and children, who read about them in children’s books.
For some reason, I seem to have a problem with orphans.
In reality, orphans, especially if the orphan in question is a child, can become victims of child abuse. This trope rings true in many of my stories. Also, with the difficulty of growing up without parents, the orphan could become a victim of bullying (especially by children who have parents), or denied the right to attend school or function in society altogether.
In this story, Oswyk is growing up in a kingdom that is dominated by the church, and the church deems orphans and other “undesirable” citizens as “unworthy”. Slavery is widespread, and as such, Oswyk could count on having a short lifespan filled with misery and pain. Luckily, he escapes from that fate when he meets three traveling companions who come to his city.
More will come…
- Get rid of the parents! (girlsheartbooks.com)
- Is Serialization Ruining Children’s Lit? (sarcasmia.wordpress.com)
- When We Were Orphans (booksandreviews.wordpress.com)
- Literature’s Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths via LitReactor (aniaahlbornblogs.wordpress.com)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (lmayer511.wordpress.com)
- To the Only Good Dad in Literature! (anglophonism.wordpress.com)
- In Defense of Story (babybookish.com)