Franklin in the Dark

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The fact that his friends have fears seems to be enough to help Franklin brave his dark shell for sleeping.

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Bourgeois treats Franklin’s removable* shell as if it were scary, like a child’s bedroom at night. After seeing that other creatures also had a variety of  fears Franklin braves his shell, with a nightlight. How do the fears of others suggest one should brave one’s own, without their being shown to be irrational?

* Franklin in the Dark also initiates children, improperly and without correction, to the false notion that a turtle’s shell is removable. As the image shows, the carapace (shell) is actually fully integrated with all but the limbs, neck and (vestigial) tail of a turtle’s skeleton.

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