Hi everyone, I am writing the presently 7 year old Cleopatra (it’s my first time writing a story) and I am having her thinking sophisticated/reflective thoughts. I hope this is OK? (She is later going to be 11 year old, etc, growing up and meddle with Egypt’s politics)
Orson Scott Card is a very popular author and does this all the time. In Ender’s Game the children in the school are all geniuses so it makes sense. But in other books of his, like Pathfinder, there is no intrinsic reason for the child MC to think so intellectually.
I think it can work, but you have to do it well.
I actually have an issue with doing this as well. A few of my WIPs have kids/teens as the main protagonists, and I do have them thinking/doing things that may be a bit more advanced than you would expect. But, if you do it well, it should be alright.
Cleopatra was a very well educated woman and she would have had teachers and tutors from a very early age. I wouldn’t find it unusual for this little girl to have had very complicated thoughts.
This is the most important thing.