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An essay I wrote on \"Characteristics of Tween Literature: A Comparative Analysis \"
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characteristics of Tween literature. A comparative analysis by Mina Milani, french literary theorist Roland Barth's once said, quote, only writing can ask a question and because writing has this power, it can afford to leave questions in abeyance when the questions asked are genuine, they are disturbing. End quote. This statement is true because it shows how literature has a dual perspective. It comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable while literature offers a wide spectrum of genres that cater to different age groups. What bridges the gaps together is the way in which literature encourages readers to invite social change, refine their way of thinking and ask difficult questions that dive deeper and look beyond Tween literature is no different with respect to these values. Between years are a liminal age in which young readers experience a major shift in their identity and ideologies. Although Children's literature is heavily saturated in didacticism, Tween literature does not always place a protagonist on a pedestal of virtue. The trajectory that certain authors take has often caused their novels to be banned and challenged by parents and censors due to language subject matter and harsh forms of realism, robert Cormier's The Chocolate War and Daniel Keyes. Flowers for Algernon are examples of Tween literature that have been challenged and banned due to sexual references, physical violence, including a list of other reasons that have caused an alarm among parents and social groups. Despite the controversy that Keys and Cormier have received. Both authors have made a positive contribution to the value of Tween literature. In this essay, I will explore the following characteristics that are common tropes in the novels mentioned above, alienation and conformity, male dominated bullying and the dangers of lacking empathy. While Flowers for Algernon and the Chocolate War are uniquely different narratives. They share similar themes, such as bullying ostracism and the struggle between identity and conformity, all of which help readers to gain a heightened awareness of the way the world works without sugar coating or censoring these harsh realities.