Character Development in Sophie An-derson’s The House with Chicken Legs

Rissa Jauza Hasanah
  Alphabet, pp. 57-61  


Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs is a children’s novel which has distinctive character development and a story archetype. The combination of those aspects is interesting to study. Hence, this paper aims to explain the main character’s development which is analyzed in the framework of one of Christopher Booker’s the seven basic plots theory, namely voyage and return. The result of the study reveals that the voyage and return story archetype employed in The House with Chicken Legs has shaped the development of the main character of the novel, Marinka. Marinka’s character has changed from being selfish and ignorant to becoming more appreciative, selfless, and open-minded. Based on the result, I suggest future researchers use the seven basic plots theory to determine intrinsic elements in novels which belong to the scope of children literature


Children literature; story archetype; character development

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