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Everygirl's Good Deeds: The Heroics of Nancy Drew

From: The Lion and the Unicorn
Volume 27, Number 1, January 2003
pp. 120-130 | 10.1353/uni.2003.0005


Drawing on her own attachment to Nancy Drew and her reactions in her diary written when she was thirteen, Lundin suggests that Nancy Drew acted as her alter ego, a being who "inspired my imagination, literary ambitions, and ethical conscience." Despite being a fictional character in a series, Nancy Drew took on the trappings of the fifteenth-century allegory, allowing the child reader to test whether the world is a place to be trusted. Drew's benevolence and heroic deeds showed the possibilities of achievement for young women.