Most of these works discuss the sensitive and controversial themes such as drugs, teenage pregnancy, political events and physical attack and abandoned children. “An inevitable consequence of the way that children’s literature came in to being was that a certain restraint has been imposed on children’s writers in the realist condition when it comes to topics such as terror, politics and sex” ( Hunt, 1990). Middle of the nineteenth century is often regarded the golden age of children’s literature in English. During this period most of the children’s literary works gave emphasis to children’s happiness and imagination. Child adventures and wanderings were an inevitable part of child life in most of the European countries during 18th and 19th centuries. In this paper the researcher makes a comparative study about the use of realism and fantastic in three novels.
Swallows and Amazons is the first book in a series of children’s books written by Arthur Ransom. In his novel Arthur Ransom demonstrates the world of adventure by the Walker and Blacket children. Analyzing the novel Swallows and Amazons a reader can find that the author depicts the most realistic dishonesty of childhood and the conflict between youthful imagination and reality. Critics notice that a reader can see the extensive features of both the characters and the events can be traced back to the events in the author’s life.
Most of the places mentioned in the novel are the places where Ransom spent his childhood. The novelist has succeeded in creating a sense of reality and authenticity in his work. Middle part of the novel novelist gives the image of an unknown island and also a series of adventures which symbolizes the geographical explorations which happened in 15th and 16th century. The children reach an unknown island and they call it Wild Cat Island. Events of sailing, camping, fishing,