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Despite the fact that American society places a tremendous emphasis on television and other forms of visual media, literature still remains a ubiquitous inspiration in the minds of adolescent children. These works of fiction, like the rest of America’s violence-oriented culture, largely contain material based on aggression and warfare. However, not all young adult novels are about overtly violent behavior; some examples of nonviolent children’s and young adult literature are The Shadow Children Series by Margret Peterson Hadix, the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver, and Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale. Each of these books contains situations in which large-scale acts of violence would typically be used as conflict resolution strategy. Nonviolence remains prevalent and influential in children’s and young adult literature, though its methods may encourage ideas that are against the basic idea of Satyagraha.
To understand the methods used in each book, they must first be put into context. In Meg Cabot’s series, The Shadow Children, the situation is this: Luke liv…
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