Orphans

So many of the world's great books of literature include main characters who are missing one or both parents. This is a place to list some of the best books with orphaned or abandoned characters.
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message 6: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Maybe Scarlet toward the end?


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

But she was grown. Is a grown person an orphan? Webster's Concise dictionary says a CHILD whose parents are both dead. Last October my hubby said when his father died that he was now an orphan which struck me as very strange. I think he meant he was bereft.

I have never thought of an adult as an orphan. Is this just me?


message 4: by Ruby (new)

Ruby I don't know. That's a good question. I mean most people in the general population outlive their parents so if we were to define "orphan" only as someone who has lost their parents, then that would include almost everyone.

I think being considered an "orphan" depends more on where the child is in their life emotionally. Maybe the more dependent the child is on their parent the more "orphaned" they are by the loss?

I thought a list with "orphaned" characters was interesting because so many books begin that way. It's sort of an opening through which interesting plotlines can take place. I guess a complete nuclear family provides less fodder for interesting plot?


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I agree it is more interesting. I hope that people will hold to the old definition and not start including everyone who has lost their parents as an adult. I think a child who loses its parents really suffers and is in a whole different category.


message 2: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl #2 Secrets of the Realm is author circle jerk spam.


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