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Literature: Madicken
Madicken is a character created by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. She appears in two novels and one short story, which were adapted into a TV series in 1979 and a movie in 1980.

Madicken is an upper class girl, who lives with her parents and sister in a house in a small town in Sweden in the 1910's. Her father is the editor-in-chief of the local newspaper and unconventional in so far as he tries to draw his children's attention to social issues and injustice. Madicken is seen as a difficult child because of her temper and her many adventurous ideas that often get her in trouble, but she also has a kind heart and can't stand to see someone else unhappy. Other characters include Madicken's baby sister Lisabet, who admires Madicken's courage and gradually developes a mischievious side, the mother, who is often exhausted by her daughter's energy and stubbornness, the nanny Alva, who often deals with the children's day-to-day issues and, Madicken's neighbour and friend Abbe and his parents.

Notable because while Lindgren depicts an idyllic and sheltered childhood for the main character, a lot of social issues are addressed as well through the family's neighbours and a poor classmate that always tries to pick up fights with her.

Madicken contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Abbe's father.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Lisabet has traits of this, even though the sisters get along more often than not.
  • Apron Matron: Linus-Ida, the laundry woman.
  • Cheerful Child: Madicken and Lisabet.
  • Corporal Punishment: When the principal finds out that Mia stole his wallet, he spanks her in front of the whole class. Madicken has never seen violence before and is so shocked that she stands up and begs him to stop, which he does after a while.
  • Determinator: As small as she is, once Madicken sets her mind to something, she won't give up on it.
  • Fiery Redhead: Madicken's classmate Mia, although her aggression is mainly directed towards Madicken.
  • Henpecked Husband: The mayor really isn't as much into social events as his wife is, but she pushes him to do them anyway.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Madicken's real name is "Margareta," but nobody uses it. Likewise, Lisabet is actually named "Elisabet."
  • Rich Bitch: The mayor's wife
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Madicken is the tomboy, Lisabet is the girly-girl.

The Long ShipsNon-English LiteratureThe Millennium Trilogy
MadelineChildren's LiteratureThe Magic Pudding

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