Department or Program

Environmental Studies


This essay will focus its attention on the role of children in post-apocalyptic fiction. I will use the Romantic conception of “the Child” as a framework for understanding and interpreting the importance of the young protagonists within Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. Each of these artists draw on the Romantic reformulation of the role of “the Child,” and use the young protagonists within their work to examine the use or misuse of values within the worlds they have created. I will utilize these three narratives to illustrate how children in general can become physical manifestations of larger value systems embedded in both the fictional and the real worlds they inhabit.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Jane Costlow

Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

1 pdf file


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