Essay about Gender roles

Submitted By Drose12345
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When one first enters the world strangers surrounded them, even their parents. With every encounter by an unknown individual people’s character is challenged. In Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and C.S Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, strangers determine someone being a child or an adult. The strangers in Narnia and Wonderland bring out the Pevensies and Alice’s characteristics of a child or an adult by challenging their poor judgment of being a child or good judgment of an adult, and their immaturity of a child or maturity of an adult.

When meeting strangers, one can tell someone’s poor judgment of a child or good judgment of an adult. When looking at the poor judgment of a child, it can be determined when seeing someone ignoring the judgment of danger and meaning. Signs of judgment by Adult show considering the consequences When the Pevensies and Alice encounter strangers they determine they determine who judges as a child or an adult.
The strangers the Pevensies meet in Narnia instantly determine their judgment of a child or an adult. When Lucy Pevensie first meets Mr.Tumnus, he invites her to his home and Lucy kindly accepts his invitation. This action of Lucy shows that her curiosity of the unknown, which is Mr.Tumnus invitation to his home is greater than her judgment of Mr.Tumnus being a friend or foe. This action shows her poor judgment because she does not take in account the fact that Mr.Tummnus could be a possible threat. When Edmond Pevensies first meets the White Witch she says, “What would you like to eat?”(17). Edmond then shows his poor judgment by asking and accepting Turkish Delight, thus disobeying one of the first rules learned as a child don’t take candy from strangers. This is an example of poor judgment because Edmund does not think of the dangerous consequence that the Turkish Delight could be poisonous and whether or not the White Witch is dangerous. When the Pevensies try and decide whether or not they should follow the beaver Peter says, “The question is, are we to go to it or not”… “come on, let's give it a try. All keep close together. We ought to be a match for one beaver if it turns out to be an enemy"(38). This statement by Peter shows judgment of an adult because he weighs the consequences for following the beaver and being prepared when choosing the risk of following the beaver. Susan also shows the same traits as Peter by saying, "Shan't we have to risk it? I mean, it's no good just standing here”(38). However one may think when the Pevensies meet Father Christmas they may say they lack poor judgment by accepting weapons as gifts from strangers. But since the Pevensies have known Father Christmas in their own world for being a jolly old man who teaches the lesson of giving they judge him as a good person and not dangerous.
When Alice sees the white rabbit go down the rabbit-hole she ignores her judgment of what dangers could await her in the rabbit-hole and lets her curiosity take over. This action of Alice shows the same childish trait of Lucy and her encounter with Mr.Tumnus. When the mouse begins to tell Alice about his tale of dislike for cats and dog, Alice mistakes him for tail instead and looses attention to his tale. Alice’s poor judgment of the different meaning of the word tale and tail shows that she is still learning how to comprehend language, something that is found in children when learning a new language. Finally when the Dodo has Alice and the creatures participate in the Caucus-race: “Alice thought the whole thing very absurd… she could not think of anything to say”(36). This thought of Alice shows she lacks the judgment of an adult by questioning the race and instead blindly follows what the Dodo says. This is just like a child when their parents give them a nonsense reason in order to get them to do something.
Although strangers can bring out someone’s child or adult judgment they can change it too. The Pevensies and Alice