Hey Diddle Diddle, G.K. Chesterton's got a Riddle

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“Hey Diddle Diddle,” Chesterton’s got a Riddle Nursery rhymes and society – what do they have in common? Many societies in history have generally considered children to be miniature adults who were often times treated as such, including societies of recent history. In our Eurocentric western world, in a supposedly more enlightened era, society has begun to view children as children and not small adults. Many have taken to exploring the minds of the young, …

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…both subjects are in fact addressed. The reader is still left at the end of his essay with “the appalling abyss of [] after-though” on how the art and literature produced for the amusement of children does have a certain responsibility to, absurd as it may seem, contain appropriate and thought provoking “nonsense.” Work Cited Chesterton, G. K. “Child Psychology and Nonsense.” 27 April 1999. Online. <http://www.dur.ac.uk/~dcs0wpw/gkc/books/ child_psychology.html>.