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Loss Of Innocence
In James Joyce’s Araby the boys loss of innocence may be confusing and even
painful but at the same time it is important . It begins his journey into adulthood . The boy in Araby is experiencing something all young men experience , the first crush . It is a time in his life where he is having new feelings, and trying to express those feelings to the object of his affection is next to impossible . Even the simple act of watching Mangan’s sister brings up emotions in the boy . To say the least the boy is overcome when Mangan’s sister
actually speaks to him . He is in fact so overcome that he doesn’t even know how heanswered the girl . To think a girl he has secretly...
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In James Joyce's "Araby" the boy' loss of innocence may be confusing and evenpainful but at the same time it is important . It begins his journey in to adulthood. The boy in "Araby" is experiencing something all young men experience, the first crush. It is a time in his life where he is having new feelings, and trying to express those feelings to the object of his affection is next to impossible. Even the simple act of watching Mangan's sister brings up emotions in...
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Trading Naivety for Maturity Georgia McAlpineBlock: 3A major theme illustrated in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is the loss of innocence displayed by Jeremy Finch throughout the novel, especially after Tom Robinsons wrongful conviction. Jem evolves from a young boy to a mature character through his experiences in Maycomb. At the beginning of the novel, Jem is a childish boy who floats through his...
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Loss of Innocence in A Separate Peace
In the human nature, naive ignorance of the world's imperfections eventually yields to the recognition that the world does contain hatred and violence. John Knowles places his novel A Separate Peace in situations which necessitate this emotional transformation. The characters become increasingly aware of the nature of the world. In addition, symbols help show the interrelation of ideas and events as they appear in Gene's subconscious mind. In this novel, setting, character, and symbols develop the theme of loss of innocence.
Setting expatiates the theme of loss of innocence. For...
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In his memoir, A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah deals with his loss of innocence as he is forced to join the children army of Sierra Leone in the country's civil war after being conscripted to the army that once destroyed his town in order for Ishmael to survive. His memoir acts as a voice to show the many difficulties that the members of Sierra Leone's child army had to suffer through and their day to day struggle to survive in the worst of conditions. In order to escape the perils and trials of war, Ishmael loses his innocence as he transitions from a child who liked to rap with his friends to a cold blooded solider in the army during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Through his transition,...
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A Loss of Innocence in Wordsworth's "Nutting"
A romantic poet, William Wordsworth examines the relationship between the individual and nature. In the poem "Nutting," Wordsworth focuses on the role that innocence plays in this relationship as he describes a scene that leads to his own coming of age. Unlike many of his other poems, which reveal the ability to experience and access nature in an innocent state, "Nutting" depicts Wordsworth's inability as a young boy to fully appreciate nature, causing him to destroy it. Addressing a young girl, most likely his sister, he writes to poem as a warning of what happens within oneself when one does not fully appreciate nature. In his youth, the...
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Loss of Innocence in Rite of Passage by Sharon Olds
A rite of passage is defined as a ceremony marking a significant transition or an important event or achievement, both regarded as having great meaning in lives of individuals. In Sharon Olds' moving poem "Rite of Passage", these definitions are illustrated in the lives of a mother and her seven-year-old son. The seriousness and significance of these events are represented in the author's tone, which undergoes many of its own changes as the poem progresses.
From its title, the tone of the poem is already set as serious, and we know there will be a significant event taking place in someone's life. As earlier stated, a rite of...
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Democracy implies equal chance for all. Such is not the case for the black children of the ghetto, as we learn through reading Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson". During the course of the story the narrator, Sylvia, develops as a character due to the trip that Miss Moore takes her on. Miss Moore, an educated black woman who comes to the ghetto to give back to the children, takes children from the ghetto of New York to F.A.O Shwarz which is an extremely glamorous toy store. She does this to make the...
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Loss of Innocence in Araby
In her story, "Araby," James Joyce concentrates on character rather than on plot to reveal the ironies inherent in self-deception. On one level "Araby" is a story of initiation, of a boy’s quest for the ideal. The quest ends in failure but results in an inner awareness and a first step into manhood. On another level the story consists of a grown man's remembered experience, for the story is told in retrospect by a man who looks back to a particular moment of intense meaning and insight. As such, the boy's experience is not restricted to youth's encounter with first love. Rather, it is a portrayal of a continuing problem all through...
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Millions of Jewish people entered a concentration camp not knowing or quite understanding what it was or what it was going to do to them. They were loaded onto a train like cattle with no food or water and taken away from their homes to a place that would haunt their dreams forever. Those people whose only crime, was believing in God, were separated from each other, some would say that Elie Wiesel and his father were lucky, but I would have to differ in that opinion.Elie's Mother and sister were taken to the "showers"...
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Suffering has been known to the world since the Garden of Eden. In life we discover many things as we age. That Santa Claus doesn't exist or that the Easter bunny and the Tooth Fairy are not real. Likewise we discover sin. In the story "Eve in Darkness", the young girl is exposed to sin. She represents a modern Eve figure who is innocent until she is led astray by her cousin Victoria. The young girl portrays Eve, but does not fully follow her path and fall. In the end she retains her innocence by her childish creativity.The story relates to the one of Eve and the Garden of Eden. The young girl and Eve resemble each other. In the beginning of time
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In Of Mice and Men, Lennie’s loss of innocence, which occurs in the form of his death (Steinbeck 106), impacts George both negatively and positively in ways that he loses his best friend, he loses hope on his dream, and he will have an easier life with no burden. A negative effect of George was that he loses his best friend. Lennie was all George had “because I [Lennie] got you [George] to look after me, and you got me to look after you …” (Steinbeck 14). The death of Lennie causes an impact on George in that he now has no one to be with. With Lennie gone, George is also unable to fulfill his dream of having his own ranch. Although George said that he never really believed that he...
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A prominent theme in A Long Way Gone is about the loss of innocence from the involvement in the war. A Long Way Gone is the memoir of a young boy, Ishmael Beah, wanders in Sierra Leone who struggles for survival. Hoping to survive, he ended up raiding villages from the rebels and killing everyone. One theme in A long Way Gone is that war give innocent people the lust for revenge, destroys childhood and war became part of their daily life.
In the A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, a twelve-year-old explains how he used to go on a swim with his friends and his love for rap music and hip-hop dance. When Ishmael and his friends went to visit Mattru Jong, they visited Ishmael's grandparents in...
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In "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles, it is evident that Finny and Leper undergo the most traumatic experiences from the Class of 1943. Through these experiences, both characters lose much of their innocence and naivety. Finny, upon learning of the existence of the war and Gene's moment of hatred, learns to accept realities and perceive the world as it is, not as the perfect childlike image he wants it to be. However, when Leper enlists in the army, he quickly begins to have hallucinations because the reality is too much for him to handle. Nevertheless, he eventually overcomes his insanity and seems to...
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Loss of Innocence in Cullen's Incident and Naylor’s Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean?
Unfortunately, a question that many African Americans have to ask in childhood is "Mommy, what does nigger mean?," and the answer to this question depicts the racism that still thrives in America (345). Both Gloria Naylor’s "'Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean?'" and Countee Cullen's "Incident" demonstrate how a word like "nigger" destroys a child’s innocence and initiates the child into a world of racism. Though the situations provoking the racial slur differ, the word "nigger" has the same effect on the young Naylor and the child in Cullen’s poem. A racist society devours the white children’s...
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There are many examples in the Catcher in the Rye, that show Holden's hate toward the idea of losing innocence. Holden mentions a lot about children, his love for them and how he wants to save their innocence. He seems to relate more to people younger than him, whether they are male of female. He cares about them so much, becuase they haven't lost their innocence, unlike adults who are all "phonies." There are three main things he does and talks about, that shows his concern. His fascination...
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"...Children have a power to imagine that is almost magical when compared to the adult imagination, and this is something irrevocable that a child loses when he or she becomes bound by logic..." - Joseph Weizenbaum. The novel "Catcher In The Rye" written by J.D. Salinger is about Holden Caulfield, a boy who has just been expelled from his school and the day leading up to telling his parents he has been kicked out. Throughout the novel, Holden yearns for the innocence of youth and heeds other children to hold...
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The most enduring and fragile aspects of one's childhood remains naive innocence. In Jill McCorckle's Ferris Beach, Katie Burns grows up during the course of the novel, loosing her innocence in the process. Hardships, tragedies, and losses dramatically change a person's perception of the world around them. Katie, like almost all children, sees the world through naive and inexperienced eyes as a child, and her perception of the world is filtered through her own imagination and ideas about life. As the child grows up, they face turning points in their life, points when an unmerciful reality strips them of their innocence. Through a series of significant emotional events, Katie loses her own...
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In the novel Candide written by Voltaire there are several symbols throughout the story. One of those symbolic figures that seems to stand out in the story is the character Candide, a gullible and innocent boy who experiences many hardships after being vanished from the castle of the baron von Thunder-ten-tronckh. Candide seems to be a representation of people's innocence and how they tend to lose it throughout their lifetime as they witness and experience new things in the world and grow wary of the consequences that every different situation may hold. For example, Voltaire mentions in the beginning of the story that “nature had bestowed upon [Candide] the gentlest of dispositions. His...
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The short story “Araby” by James Joyce is told by what seems to be the first person point of view of a boy who lives just north of Dublin. As events unfold the boy struggles with dreams versus reality. From the descriptions of his street and neighbors who live close by, the reader gets an image of what the boy’s life is like. His love interest also plays an important role in his quest from boyhood to manhood. The final trip to the bazaar is what pushes him over the edge into a foreshadowed realization. The reader gets the impression that the narrator is the boy looking back on his epiphany as a matured man. The narrator of “Araby” looses his innocence because of the place he lives, his love...
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In William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies', Ralph weeps not just for the death of Piggy, but for the loss of innocence of the boys as well. The lack of adult influence on the island leaves the boys' superegos venerable and the incantation of fear that manifests itself in the minds of the boys destroys them. The truth about human nature is...
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Recently, I have read both a Raisin in the Sun and To Kill a Mockingbird, both considered literary classics. They share a number of similar themes and character that face similar situations. Ultimately, they have extremely different plots, but address the same issues; some that were common around the time they were published, and some that carry relevance into current times. What I wish to bring to light in this essay is that in both novels, there are many characters that lives’ hit a shatter-point in the course of the story. This shatter-point is where the characters’ lives are irrevocably changed, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. What I’m going to explore is how these...
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The American Webster’s dictionary defines innocence as, “Freedom from harmfulness; inoffensiveness.” Although this definition is the one which is most commonly used, many authors tend to twist or stretch the meaning in order to fit the material to which it applies. For example, the way J.D Salinger applies innocence to his work is quite different from the way Mark Twain uses innocence. Innocence also changes accordingly with the time period. The definition of innocence is dynamic with respect to author and time period, as illustrated in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.
Throughout history the concept of innocence in literature has...
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One of the most significant themes in Catcher in the Rye is Holden's loss of innocence. Holden, as the novel progresses, shows a lack of innocence and an introduction to the "real world". Holden attempts to grasp back at his previous innocence as a base for his emotions. There are various symbols and events throughout the novel that discuss Holden's loss of innocence.One of the most significant of these is the glove belonging to Holden's...
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The loss of innocence in life is an inevitable process. Losing one's innocence comes merely by growing up. The philosophy of the loss of one's innocence is a definite theme in the book Bless Me, Ultima. This theme is displayed throughout the entire story and plot of the novel. There is loss of innocence all around the main character, Tony, with his brothers and the people he meets....
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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...
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Inevitably, there comes a point in everybody’s life at which they have an experience that completely alters their view of the world. This moment is when one loses his or her innocence, or comes of age, and he or she realizes that they do not live in a utopian Golden Age. Parents are charged with the monumental duty of protecting their children’s innocence, but everybody inescapably grows up. This experience can be anything from an embarrassing situation at school to coming within seconds of death. In the short story “Ambush” by Tim O’Brien, the author tells the true story of his daughter confronting him and asked him if he had ever killed anyone. In an effort to be a good parent and...
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A comparison of Blake's treatment of his subject in "Songs of Innocence" with that in "Songs of Experience".William Blake is a poet of the Pre-Romantic era. He is one of the poets who set the path for Romanticism, where poets emphasized on emotions, they believed in the power of imagination and experimented with new ideas and concepts. Blake was a mystical poet and he felt that he was in communion with supernatural powers and with God.The Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience, a series of lyrics, were first published as a combined volume in 1794, although the Songs of Innocence were first written in 1789, and the Songs of Experience in 1793-'94.The "Songs"...
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As Irving Howe once observed, “The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.” In a dynamic society, innocence evades even the youngest members of our world; it evades even the nonexistent members of our world. J.D. Salinger explores this elusive innocence in his short story, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." Distinct similarities appear between the main character, Seymour Glass, and Salinger including the World War II experience and attraction for younger, more innocent people (Salerno). Salinger conveys this through Seymour’s preference of a young girl’s company over his own wife's company. Throughout the story, “Salinger constantly draws attention to himself and...
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As children grow up, they open their eyes to the harsh truths in the world around them that they once did not understand or question. This is experienced by the main characters of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is of a girl called Scout and her older brother, Jem, who go through the trials of growing up in the fictional small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Racism is rampant in the mindset of the townspeople, shown when the children’s lawyer father, Atticus, takes the case of an obviously innocent African-American man and they convict him in their hearts before the trial even starts. Through this all, we can see the theme of loss of innocence in the...
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Ultimately in life each person goes through the process of the demise of innocence, because evil is omnipresent. Everyone has a shadow side to himself. Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown" displays a protagonist's archetypal journey to the discovery of evil in mankind. Hawthorne's use of the threshold motif depicts the archetypal struggle between good and evil and the inevitable loss of innocence. Set in the Puritan age, Goodman Brown embarks on a voyage into the dark forest where he...
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In William Blake’s poems “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence and “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Experience, the reader is able to understand the viewpoints of children treated unfairly. The Songs of Innocence version of the poem, written in 1789, describes how a boy helps a fellow chimney sweeper find comfort despite their struggles. This boy then dreams about an angel that sets sweepers like him free and how they find happiness in their freedom. In his dream, the boy learns that if he will “be a good boy,” he will find salvation in God. The Songs of Experience version, written five years later, is about a boy that seems happy so his parents think they have not done any wrong...
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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is concerned with a loss of innocence. Discuss by referring to two key scenes in the novel. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is certainly about a loss of innocence. However, this aspect is only emphasised to convey a more powerful and meaningful message. It is a mean by which the author introduces and effectively represents the main issue of concern in the novel; prejudice and discrimination. The use of Scout, Jem and Dill's "loss of innocence" is used throughout the novel, including during the court case and the...
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Mankind has struggled throughout eternity, battling the demons that come from the very depths of the soul. Elie Wiesel’s novel, Night, and William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies show how quickly humans can descend into chaos and savagery. When dehumanization presents itself in unruly civilizations, humans turn into more primitive beings. The process of dehumanization begins through a loss of morals, knowledge, and innocence. The main characters in both novels find themselves in the eternal battle of good versus evil.
Morals guide people to behave in a civilized manner; dehumanization shows itself when people abandon their morals and ethics. Dehumanization, by...
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Discuss the idea of innocence and experience in Mansfield’s work.
The ideas of innocence and experience are frequent themes that come up
in Mansfield’s stories. These ideas often come across in themes such
as loss of sexual innocence – ‘The Little Governess’; loss of
innocence through awareness of mortality and death – ‘The Garden
Party’, ‘Her First Ball’. Themes of aging and gaining of experience
as time passes are also suggested. The woman in ‘The Woman at the
Store’, we can that she has already lost her innocence, whereas in the
other stories we see the point where characters have lost their
‘The Little Governess’ is about a young, inexperienced and vulnerable
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Innocence is like a new pair of shoes; everyone has one, but as one age it starts to lose its significance and at some point in one’s life it must be thrown away. Antonio, a young boy grown up on the land of the llano, starts out as an innocent child, unaware of the dangers and tragedies of life. As the novel, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya unravels, he becomes more and more conscious of the good and evil in the world. Throughout the novel, Antonio encounters many obstacles that chip away at his innocence which forces him to question God’s authority and the injustice in the world, such as the death of Lupito, the introduction of the Golden Carp, and the death of Florence.
While still a...
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First Dates in Sotto's Oranges and Wetherell's The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant
Everyone is born with innocence and they gradually gain experience through lessons learned in life; some people may gain more that others. Not all lessons in life are dramatic or negative, some may be subtle, positive, or even life altering; however, no matter how small or big, they do alter one's perspective on things and help them to gain experience, which will be with them forever. These experiences may be gained through love, war, or death, but in some way or another they have changed one's point of view. The works "Oranges", written by Gary Sotto, and "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant",...
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There are three poems in which Dylan Thomas directly deals with innocence, and the loss of it to adulthood, and many smaller poems where the theme is mentioned. This is linked in with his theme of time, which is one of the central figures in his poetry. Here I will attempt to uncover how Dylan Thomas uses the theme of innocence in his poetry, and why it works so well.The first of Dylan's innocent trio I shall look at is titled "˜Was there a time'. In this poem Dylan is deeply regretting the loss of innocence. His use of "Was there..?"�; makes it sound as if he is struggling to...
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The innocence of childhood is eventually ripped away from us all. In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield wishes to dedicate his life to preserving the innocence of everyone. Holden wants to save what was so cruelly ripped away from him with the death of his brother. Holden at first believes that he can be "The Catcher in the Rye," but he eventually comes to understand that it is both impossible and wrong to attempt such a thing. At first, Holden wants to...
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a fascinating story that has captured the hearts of many readers. The main character and narrator Scout Finch, or otherwise known as Jean Louise Finch, speaks the voice of a young girl who grows up in a small town called Maycomb County in the 1930’s. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a non-racist lawyer in a very prejudice town. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee includes many themes, but one of the most important one explains the loss of innocence and growing up. Even though one loses their childhood innocence, he or she eventually gains more consciousness and understands more about themselves and the world around them.
The first example in To Kill a...
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The theme “rite of passage” was used in the novel A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. This moving from innocence to adulthood was contained within three sets of interconnected symbols: summer and winter, the Devon and Naguamsett Rivers, and peace and war. These symbols served as a backdrop upon which the novel was developed. The loss if Gene Forrester’s innocence was examined through these motifs.
The summer and winter sessions symbolized Gene’s loss of innocence. During the summer sessions, the boys of Devon were carefree and showed no respect for the rules, while the teachers put no effort into enforcing the rules. “This was the way the masters tended to treat us that summer,”...
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Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, strives to protect children from the world, and maintain their innocence. Being on the verge of becoming an adult, Holden has lost his own innocence when he learned about the darker side of the world that children are normally shielded from. After realizing how much better the world seemed when he was little, Holden tries to preserve this outlook in younger children and yearns for his own innocence to be returned to him. ...
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This is an analysis of charecters in selected works from the course Including Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Midsummers Night Dream, The Merchant of Venice. It traces Shakspeares notions of innocence and compare's many characters throughout the aforementioned worksMatthew TjosvoldEnglish Lit. 3000May 5, 2003Final PaperSeveral of Shakespeare's plays contain a reoccurring theme of innocence or purity lost through the impurity of others. The innocence or purity may only correspond to one aspect of a characters personality or background. For instance, in Romeo and...
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Analysis of the poem : Genesis, by Bruce DaweBruce Dawe, an Australian poet, has written the poem 'Genesis'. The poem compares the beginning of school to Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, hence the title 'Genesis'. Dawe has put the context of the poem into a modern day theme. Using the comparison of Adam and Eve's loss of innocence, he describes how the innocence of children is lost at school. This correspondence to the story of God expelling Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden because...
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Characters lose their innocence throughout American literature. What exactly does “losing their innocence” mean? Losing one’s innocence can be seen as a character maturing. A character may lose his/her innocence in ways including viewing of traumatic event, especially one that will scar his/her life forever. Losing one’s innocence can also be caused by losing one’s trust in someone whom he/she once trusted, catching a glimpse into the “real world”, or performing an immoral act. The recurring theme of loss of innocence, as seen throughout American literature and reality, can affect a person and the people around him/her both negatively and positively. As a result, the audience can...
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Lord of the fliesRalph and Jack noticeably sustain different beliefs and appoint different rules within their own territory. The two leaders obtain dissimilar values, and thus live different lives, and lead their groups in their own distinctive ways. After Jack, who represents savagery and a desire for power had stolen piggy's glasses, which left Ralph and he's group angered without their prime source of fire. Hellbound to right a wrong Ralph marched his way to
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In the book Lord of the Flies, at the end of the book, it said that “Ralph wept for the end of
innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called
Piggy”. This quote is very important and tells us the theme of this nasty novel. The Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel and it is about schoolboys (aged thirteen and under) who was stranded on an
island without adult supervision. At first, they were happy because they were free from adult
supervision and knew they could anything. So, they decided to form a government, but soon the
kids mutinied against the leader and later nihilism and terror ruled. Anyway, many reader ponders,...
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Progress and Innocence in One Hundred Year of Solitude
One Hundred Year of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez projects itself among the most famous and ambitious works in the history of literature. Epic in scope, Marquez weaves autobiography, allegory and historical allusion to create a surprisingly coherent story line about his forebears, his descendants and ours.
It has been said that there are only about 18 or so themes that describe the human condition. This quote was made in reference to Shakespeare, and posited that all of the books and movies that we digest and assimilate can be shown to have their roots in these canonical themes. In Cien Anos, Marquez addresses several...
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Growing up and becoming mature can be an intimidating experience; it is difficult to let go of one’s childhood and embrace the adult world. For some people, this transition from youthfulness to maturity can be much more difficult than for others. These people often try to hold on to their childhood as long as they can. Unfortunately, life is not so simple. One cannot spend their entire life running from the responsibilities and hardships of adulthood because they will eventually have to accept the fact that they have a role in society that they must fulfill as a responsible, mature individual. The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger follows the endeavours of Holden Caulfield, a...
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William Blake's The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience
In this essay I will attempt to analyse, compare and contrast the
poems 'The Chimney Sweep' from both 'Songs of Experience' and 'Songs
of Innocence' which were both written by 'William Blake' in 1790-92
and 1789 respectively. These two poems were amalgamated in 1794 to
create a new collection called 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'.
I will be looking at what Blake says and hints at concerning the 'two
contrary states of the human soul' in the two poems as well as looking
at the message Blake is trying to convey to the reader. As the poems
are written regarding the same subject, that is a chimney sweep,...