Comparative Study Of Innocence In Two Women And Mr. Pip

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English Comparative Study of TextsThrough the impacts of conflict an individual's innocence may be lost as they become corrupted by the external world, and shed their naïve attitude toward life and come to terms with reality. The context of war facilitates the necessity for sacrifice of one's innocence in order to provide a means for physical survival, despite becoming psychologically compromised. Times of distress or corruption by external forces often dictates a person's need to escape, whether physically removing themselves from a place or danger, or escaping from themselves and an internal conflict. Both of the comparative texts look at a loss of innocence during times of conflict; the novel 'Mr Pip' is set on a small island during the Bougainville War, whereas the film 'Two Women' explores the loss of innocence during the bombings of Rome and the war in Italy during the Second World War.Innocence is state of being, dictated by a person's ignorance of the world and an unwillingness to learn, being content with the life they have, however a person may lose their innocence as they become corrupted by their attainment of different experiences around the world. Children have had less time to experience the world and depend on their parents or adults to shape their opinions of the world, making children ignorant and therefore becoming symbols of innocence. Illustrative of this is Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones, which explores the state of a child's innocence through the external corruption and impacts of war. Using a child character, Matilda, to provide the naïve narration within the novel, allows the concept of innocence, both how it deteriorates as a person becomes more corrupted and how it is maintained, to be explored more effectively, as innocence is most often associated with children, whom have no experience of the world or of the corruption that comes with it. Innocence is established within the first chapter of Mr Pip through this naïve narrative voice "we loved that word- parasol", showing that she has not been corrupted by external forces and that she is ignorant of the world around her, as she is consumed with simple thoughts such as the love of a word instead of thinking about the problems of others or questioning the world around her. The use of "we" also suggests that Matilda is not alone in this innocent way of thinking, but instead shows that everyone she has been exposed to is also just as ignorant of the outside world and that they all live in a tight-knit community, held together by this shared innocence. The geographical isolation of the island they live in from the rest of the world further emphasises this ignorance of the outside world that is shared by this community. However, Matilda begins to become more distant from this community the more she becomes acquainted with Mr Watts, a man who is excluded from this community because he is different, both in skin colour and background, and in his way of thinking that...

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