The King of the Golden River Social Sensitivity

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The King of the Golden River has a clearly stated moral at the end: "And thus the Treasure Valley became a garden again, and the inheritance, which had been lost by cruelty, was regained by love." However, though the values of the characters express an obvious conflict between a spirit of Christian charity and sins such as pride and avarice, Ruskin does not treat these themes in terms of Christian dogma. The moral aspect of the work is always secondary to Ruskin's main objective: to tell a truly marvelous and entertaining fairy tale, which is very much in the tradition established by the Brothers Grimm.

Contemporary readers may be disturbed by the absence of female characters in the tale. However, the fact that nineteenth-century writers in general viewed men and women differently than we do may be responsible. Fairy tales are not meant to present accurate views of...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The King of the Golden River from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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