E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Anthony Magistrale

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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Critical Essay by Anthony Magistrale

SOURCE: Magistrale, Anthony. “Innocence Unrewarded: A Note on E.T. and the Myth of Adolescence.” Science-Fiction Studies 11, no. 2 (July 1984): 223-25.

In the following essay, Magistrale examines the portrayal of adults in E.T. and discusses the film as an indictment of adult society.

As I write these words, Steven Spielberg's movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is banned to Scandinavian children under the age of 12. Supported by an influential group of child psychologists, the authorities in Finland, Norway, and Sweden have interpreted the fantasy film as a negative image of adulthood because it portrays a society composed largely of individuals who are the enemies of children.

The adults in Scandinavia should at least be applauded for their insight. For E.T. is a subtle act of subversion, decrying a society, a culture that has lost contact with the...

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