This month, I'm writing about world building and setting.
Youth: At the beginning of this month, one of my posts touched on how seniors are treated in a world. Today, I'd like to look at the status of youth. Are young people considered "babies," and therefore denied authority or privileges? Or are young people empowered in any way that would put them at an equal level with adults?
In Beverly Cleary's RAMONA FOREVER, Ramona gets denied the privilege of seeing her newborn baby sister at the hospital because she is considered too young to be admitted as a visitor.
In the movie, Finding Nemo, Nemo's status as a child fish, coupled by his slightly injured fin, causes his strict father to be overprotective of him. Nemo is so frustrated by his father's constant worrying that he yearns to rebel...which he does.
It is dangerous to hand over power to any child or adult who is naive and insecure. In the movie, Swing Kids, some of the Hitler Youth believe their membership in this group is evidence of their superiority. Their authority enables cruel and ruthless behavior; for example, a boy gets the Nazis to arrest his own father.
What are other examples showing the status of youth in stories?
If you were given a chance to return to your childhood with no guarantee that you would get back to where you are now, would you take it?