n Latin American Report - A comparative analysis of thematic issues in selected children's literature from Zimbabwe and Jamaica




This paper sought to establish if there were similarities in literary themes in children's literature from Zimbabwe and the Caribbean Islands. This was done by looking at recurrent themes in the Caribbean and Zimbabwean children's literatures. The paperâ??s analysis was based on two children's literature books; one from Jamaica and another from Zimbabwe. The researchers established that there are similarities in the themes explored in these texts. The themes that feature prominently are those of family, reward of bravery, punishing crime and myths and beliefs This seems to support Summer Edward's assertion that Caribbean children's literature has universal themes that can be found in children's literature the world over. The researchers, however, also established that there are some themes found in children's literatures that are peculiar to regions and their settings. For instance, some themes in Caribbean children's literature centre on the sea, which is central to the livelihoods of the people and is viewed as the provider of life. Similarly some dominant themes in the Zimbabwean children's literature revolve around the Great Zimbabwe monuments in the country. On the whole it is concluded that common themes in children's literature are universal.


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