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I agree that its ironic to see adult characters being childish and children being worldly adults and its based on the statements below In some stories adults are illustrated in childish character so as to reveal some phenomenon and in the society such as the idleness of the upper class and mans pride Archibald and Aurelia in The reverent wooing of Archibald and Johnson from the Dream Cargoes are the examples On the contrary the portrayals of children in some stories are worldly adults in order to bring out themes that are war-related which are also some social phenomenon Cases to be considered are Trevor in The Destructors and Eric and Bertie in Toys of Peace Despite the nurture of Eton and an upper class family Archibald remains idle and gullible He is not knowledgeable and behaves as silly and immature as a child According to the narrator he is the soul of a hen-imitator and the master at imitating a hen laying and egg His childish ludicrous performance is described in details in the climax of the story seems to show how professional he is and yet the narrator actually shows the masked writers sarcasm and mockery towards Archibald His gullibility and stupidity can be seen when he believes Aurelias Aunts Bacon Theory Not just Archibald however has childish behavior in the story Aurelia the goddess of Archibald who is an upper class lady is fascinated and amused by his childish and foolish hen imitation The writer uses childish Archibald as a type which represents idle people who belong to the upper class Through the illustration of Archibalds life such as hanging around bars clubs and collecting socks the writer criticizes the upper class people that remain idle and are not productive or have contribution Its ironic that their social status and educational standard do not match their real acts and thus it suggests the corrupt and declining morals of the noble
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