1169 words - 5 pagesBoth “ Young Goodman Brown” and “ The Most Dangerous Game” have themes of a lossofinnocence, yet each store employs a different way of getting there. The exact meaning of this lossofinnocence also differs in each story. In “ Young Goodman Brown”, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, shows us a man that loses his innocent view of the world. By the end he is a man with now hope and no faith. In “ The Most Dangerous Game”, written by Richard Connell, we watch as a man falls from a powerful hunter into a savage murderer.
Hawthorne tells us the story of Brown, a young man that is married to his wife of three months. (Hawthorn, pg 91). The name of his bride is faith, a name that should not beVIEW DOCUMENT
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In James Joyce’s Araby the boys lossofinnocence 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 secretlyVIEW DOCUMENT
675 words - 3 pagesTrading Naivety for Maturity Georgia McAlpineBlock: 3A major theme illustrated in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is the lossofinnocence 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 hisVIEW DOCUMENT
651 words - 3 pagesIn James Joyce's "Araby" the boy' lossofinnocence 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 inVIEW DOCUMENT
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D.H Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies view children as easily manipulated figures. D.H. Lawrence’s short story demonstrates how easily children, Paul, can be influenced into believing that money and luck indicate one’s level of happiness. William Golding’s novel tries to show that all children are evil and have savage impulses. A common theme in both of these works is that children create their own downfall and lossofinnocence.
In D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul is searching for an identity and love. Paul’s mother was incapable of love; “when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard.” Paul’sVIEW DOCUMENT
1671 words - 7 pagesIn his memoir, A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah deals with his lossofinnocence 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 transitionVIEW DOCUMENT
1897 words - 8 pagesA LossofInnocence 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, theVIEW DOCUMENT
790 words - 3 pagesLossofInnocence 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 oflossofinnocence.
Setting expatiates the theme oflossofinnocence. ForVIEW DOCUMENT
627 words - 3 pagesIt was a few weeks ago, whilst visiting the Banksy exhibition at Canterbury Museum, that a particular artwork stood out to me. It featured a silhouette of a boy and a girl holding hands and walking on a large pile of guns. After giving the artwork some thought I realised that this portrayal of the lossofinnocenceof children was exceptionally relevant in New Zealand and couldn’t better reflect the growing epidemic across New Zealand that divides families and disturbs children - domestic violence.
According to the Ministry of Social Development, approximately a quarter of children in New Zealand have witnessed family violence and there are no signs of these statistics improving. On topVIEW DOCUMENT
960 words - 4 pagesLossofInnocence 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 ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1231 words - 5 pagesInnocence is something always expected to be lost sooner or later in life, an inevitable event that comes of growing up and realizing the world for what it truly is. Alice Walker’s “The Flowers” portrays an event in which a ten year old girl’s lossofinnocence after unveiling a relatively shocking towards the end of the story. Set in post-Civil War America, the literary piece holds very particular fragments of imagery and symbolism that describe the ultimate maturing of Myop, the young female protagonist of the story. In “The Flowers” by Alice Walker, the literary elements of imagery, symbolism, and setting “The Flowers” help to set up a reasonably surprising unveiling ofVIEW DOCUMENT
932 words - 4 pages children aware of their social and economical situations by forcing them to face the difference between them and the people who would purchase toys from such a store that would sell a toy sail boat for over a thousand dollars. The theme of this story is very similar to the lesson Miss Moore is trying to teach the children. It is that through the lossofinnocence and naiveté that poor black children can have a chance to stand up and fight for their piece of the pie. In "The Lesson" all the children come from poor families. They live in apartment buildings where drunkards who reek of urine live in the hallways that reek of urine from the drunks who pee on the wallsVIEW DOCUMENT
1351 words - 5 pagesThe bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 resulted in the death of 4 young girls. Dudley Randall was able to call upon this as inspiration and thus created his masterpiece “Ballad of Birmingham.” This in addition the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, “fueled his commitment to civil rights.” (Randall Headnote 37) In Randall’s poem, the importance of one playing an active role in society to help shape the future is explored; through the actions of a small girl. Ironically suggesting that revolutions in society which are meant to better the future for youth, affect these youth negatively. Implying that such trauma causes a lossofinnocence among the society’s youthVIEW DOCUMENT
876 words - 4 pagesLossofInnocence 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 throughVIEW DOCUMENT
571 words - 2 pages they were between life and death. They saw people being hung, and the one that brought tears to my eyes was when the little servant boy was tortured and hung, but the part that really got to me was when they took the chair out from under him his small body wasn't large enough to snap his neck so he hung there, not quite dead and not quite alive. The way the book described it; he unlike everyone else still had his innocence.I think that after what happened to the Jews it is impossible for them to still be innocent. It is quite sad that most of the Jews believed that Hitler was good that he wouldn't really hurt them. These thoughts were naïve; they should have figured out that theVIEW DOCUMENT
1225 words - 5 pages). She loves Eve but now perceives from Victoria's expression and wisdom of age that sin is terrible. She now finds that Eve has "blind marble eyes" (20). She no longer imagines that Eve can see everything she does and, in this lossof her prior imagination, goes her innocence. In her mind she understands that sin is a terrible thing yet when she first considers and tries to "embrace the word and find it's meaning" she "could not grasp it" (20). The young girl has knowledge that the word is awful however she doesn't completely understand the meaning that underlies it. A baby Jesus that the girl sees at Christmas time appears to her to be "beautiful and brave-looking" (22). The young girl goesVIEW DOCUMENT
1192 words - 5 pagesLossofInnocence 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’sVIEW DOCUMENT
1284 words - 5 pages In Of Mice and Men, Lennie’s lossofinnocence, 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 heVIEW DOCUMENT
1882 words - 8 pagesA prominent theme in A Long Way Gone is about the lossofinnocence 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 inVIEW DOCUMENT
1026 words - 4 pagesof adulthood. Upon his return to Devon, he seems mentally well and a much more decisive authority than ever before. He accurately and forcefully convicts Gene of jouncing the limb in "his new, confident... voice" (166). Gene describes Leper during the trial as "all energy" (165). Evidently, Leper has dealt with the lossofinnocence caused by his abrupt initiation into adulthood and has become a more confident, self-assured person in spite of it.Knowles makes it apparent throughout A Separate Peace that while the lossofinnocence may often seem to be a sad or tragic event, it is necessary to pave the way for maturation and a transition into adulthood. Had FinnyVIEW DOCUMENT
542 words - 2 pages fascination to save innocence, erasing profanity, and Allie's baseball glove.The first thing he constantly mentions is the lossofinnocence. Holden seems to gravitate toward children; he shows them respect more then anyone else. He backs this up by mentioning how childrem are not phonies. Whenever he is around children he seems to curse less, and he has a nicer attitude toward them, rather than complaining."Thousands of little kids and nobody's around -nobody big, I mean except me. Ans what I have to do,I have to catch everybody if they start to go overthe cliff. I'd just be the catcher in the rye andall" (Salinger 173)He is moreVIEW DOCUMENT
846 words - 3 pages money displays his clash with adulthood, to Holden money represents responsibility and responsibility is attached to adulthood. While Holden is almost to adulthood he despises the fact that he has advanced past the age of no responsibility, his losing money is equivalent to his yearning for the lossof responsibility.Holden feels a need to protect innocence, whether it be his own or somebody else's. "What he was doing was, he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddamn head" (Pg 192). Mr. Antolini was patting Holden's head; this traumatized him because he finds out that one of the people that heVIEW DOCUMENT
1536 words - 6 pages 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 ownVIEW DOCUMENT
1036 words - 4 pagesIn 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. HisVIEW DOCUMENT
1133 words - 5 pagesThe 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 loveVIEW DOCUMENT
805 words - 3 pagesIn William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies', Ralph weeps not just for the death of Piggy, but for the lossofinnocenceof 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 isVIEW DOCUMENT
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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 theseVIEW DOCUMENT
1238 words - 5 pages has been a topic in which author’s have held an obsession with. According to Harold Bloom, the lossofinnocence has played a large role in western literature since the Enlightenment when man was said to be initially good and then corrupted only by his institutions. (Bloom 6) The institution in which Bloom speaks of is nothing more then society. Society is what is believed to be the cause for the lossofinnocence in children. Bloom has stated that a return to the childhood mindset would eliminate the social problems in which people suffer. This is unerringly why the cause of many physiological problems can be traced back to a problem or unsettlement in one’s childhood. (Bloom 7) The historyVIEW DOCUMENT
600 words - 2 pagesOne of the most significant themes in Catcher in the Rye is Holden's lossofinnocence. Holden, as the novel progresses, shows a lack ofinnocence 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 lossofinnocence.One of the most significant of these is the glove belonging to Holden'sVIEW DOCUMENT
805 words - 3 pagesThe lossofinnocence in life is an inevitable process. Losing one's innocence comes merely by growing up. The philosophy of the lossof 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 lossofinnocence all around the main character, Tony, with his brothers and the people he meets. VIEW DOCUMENT
1363 words - 5 pages love. When Holden discovered that his “sexy” roommate Stradlater
had a date with her, he is concerned not only by the possible lossof Jane’s
innocence, but about the lossof his dream with her-the lossof their combined
checker-playing, love innocence”(271).
This is another quote that shows his innocence that he had with Jane Gallagher. That Holden was concerned about her innocence and worried about her dream because all the time Holden liked her as you can see from the criticism of Baumbach that Holden loved her but he still wanted to protected her innocence. An example from the book showing he wanted to preserve the innocence is
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1362 words - 5 pages internal conflict. Both of the comparative texts look at a lossofinnocence 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 lossofinnocence during the bombings of Rome and the war in Italy during the Second World War.VIEW DOCUMENT
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When reading Macbeth, one might notice the repeated use of the word blood. While it might be thought that this is due to the violent nature of the play, it actually signifies a lossofinnocence. This is demonstrated through the treacherous deeds of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and Shakespeare’s reoccurring theme of the corruptibility of the human mind. By examining these, it can be determined that Shakespeare’s use of blood represents a lossofinnocence.
Shakespeare demonstrates a lossofinnocence, in particular through the treacherous deeds of the Macbeths. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is described as a brave and noble hero. However, after the witches’ prophecy, hisVIEW DOCUMENT
1380 words - 6 pagesGrowing up is a natural part of life. Everyone grows up. The lossof childish innocence and blind faith in what is said is one chief mark of growing up. Lossofinnocence, however, presents itself in many forms, even to adults, and with it brings a greater understanding of the world at large. In literature, authors use the process to explore society and humanity. Through the characters’ lossofinnocence, the authors of both To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice & Men discuss ideas of prejudice, family, and courage.
Prejudice, while not as well-discussed in Of Mice & Men (OM&M), plays a central role in To Kill A Mockingbird (TKAM). Scout, the main character of TKAM, is introduced as a veryVIEW DOCUMENT
1385 words - 6 pagesinnocence, the lossofinnocence.
In "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," J.D. Salinger communicates a theme ofinnocence through symbolism and characterization. Many literary experts say countless things about the story and certain elements still perplex readers. “Critics have suggested a wide range of interpretations of ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’” (Blackstock and Pilon). Yet one thing that many literary opinions draw everything, from Muriel’s conversation with her mother to Seymour’s suicide, back to innocence. Salinger stresses the intensity and futility of the search for innocence (or lack of) through his characters, dialogue, and figurative elements. Everybody in life searches forVIEW DOCUMENT
1112 words - 4 pages shows society battening on other individuals and the tyranny of the church and state. The Songs of Experience emphasise on hypocrisy, repression, oppression and the sordidness of society. Blake criticises psychological indisposition, which accepts social injustice.In the companion pieces "The Little Boy Lost" and "The Little Boy Found", Blake depicts how a young boy is looking for a father figure in his life, in the former poem and how God takes the place of the earthly father to compensate for the loss and suffering that the boy has been subjugated to. It shows how the boy is lost in the complexities of life and how he regains his innocence. We see that the young boy is returned toVIEW DOCUMENT
932 words - 4 pages their own risks. If they are prevented from making their own choices, then they will never be able to learn what life is about. As much as Holden hates the idea of growing up, he finally realizes that it has to be done sooner or later.
Innocence is an ideal theme in Holden’s life that is illustrated many times throughout the novel. At first, Holden shows how he hates change because it leads to children growing up and becoming phony adults. He demonstrates his dream of being the “catcher in the rye” to protect children from reaching the state of adulthood. Finally, Holden is able to realize that innocence cannot be preserved forever, and that all children must grow up independently. Throughout these experiences, Holden himself has become more mature. He has not only learned to accept maturity for other people, but to also accept it for himself. Growing up is a complicated process that results in the lossofinnocence, but it brings people to reality and helps them discover who they really are as an individual.
975 words - 4 pagesUltimately in life each person goes through the process of the demise ofinnocence, 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 lossofinnocence. Set in the Puritan age, Goodman Brown embarks on a voyage into the dark forest where heVIEW DOCUMENT
1619 words - 6 pages wrong to him. The boy’s parents are “gone up to the church to pray” while he is clothed in “the clothes of death” and taught to sing sorrowfully. Both poems allude to the religious aspect of the Romantic Period, leading to their theme of redemption. The theme of redemption is shown in the exploitation of children depicted in the poems, the use of symbolism throughout each, and the inevitable lossofinnocence.
There is a clear issue of children exploitation in both of William Blake’s poems as it relates to the theme of redemption. In “The Chimney Sweeper” (Innocence), the strength of the desire for redemption shows how extreme the child exploitation must have been. In “The Chimney SweeperVIEW DOCUMENT
1420 words - 6 pages still haunts him to this day. The moment of one’s lossofinnocence is not something he or she forgets very easily. It additionally shows how prior to killing the man, the author was able to see a more human side of the soldier as he threw the grenade, and he especially noticed his young age. Before his innocence was lost, he could not fully understand the dehumanizing effects of war, and he regretted not sparing the defenseless man’s life. He also is trying to convince himself that what he did was not so bad – he was afraid of something – because he knows in his heart that what he did to the man was cruel. The author lost his innocence at this moment when he realized that in warVIEW DOCUMENT
1691 words - 7 pagesEveryone remembers their childhood, how they used to play around every single day, carefree and untroubled. One can remember playing in the mud and carelessly, curious and naively. One can also remember living in their own little world, deaf to the world and issues around him or her. It is something everyone wants to last, but it slips by as quickly as time passes. It is what as known as childhood innocence, the barrier shielding children from the harsh realities of the world around them. The lossofinnocence is a stage in life everyone has to pass, which takes place after a significant event in one’s life that destroys their bright and happy views. As highlighted in Harper Lee’s To Kill aVIEW DOCUMENT
1452 words - 6 pagesDiscuss the idea ofinnocence and experience in Mansfield’s work.
The ideas ofinnocence and experience are frequent themes that come up
in Mansfield’s stories. These ideas often come across in themes such
as lossof sexual innocence – ‘The Little Governess’; lossofinnocence 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
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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 lossof 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, byVIEW DOCUMENT
932 words - 4 pagesHarper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is concerned with a lossofinnocence. Discuss by referring to two key scenes in the novel. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is certainly about a lossofinnocence. 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 "lossofinnocence" is used throughout the novel, including during the court case and theVIEW DOCUMENT
1504 words - 6 pages 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 oflossofinnocence in theVIEW DOCUMENT
1189 words - 5 pages Dickens’ “A Walk in the Workhouse” Dickens used imagery to portray the innocence and the lossofinnocence in the children.
In “The Chimney Sweeper”, Blake uses symbolism, which allowed the readers to feel the innocence yet the lossof the innocenceof the child as well. The young boy’s father abandoned him shortly after his mother died. His father then sold him when he was just an infant, pure and innocent. The word “weep” was repeatedly used in the third line “[c]ould scarcely cry ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!” (3) showing that the young boy could barely pronounce the word “sweep” thus showing his innocence in a symbolic manner. This young boy was put into hard labor as a chimney sweeper at a veryVIEW DOCUMENT
1326 words - 5 pages to that his mind becomes preoccupied with sin, punishment and lossofinnocence. As he deals with the ideas of good and evil behind Lupito’s death, he turns to religion to help him solve the matters at hand. As the book says, “Over and over through my mind ran the words of the Act of Contrition” (Anaya 24) Antonio begins to recite the Act of Contrition repeatedly, for that was what was to be said as the last prayer before one’s death. He recites it even though he has not grasped the full meaning of it. The book says, “I [Antonio] had not yet been to catechism, nor had I made my first holy communion...” (24) Despite the fact that Antonio is only seven years old, he already has to deal withVIEW DOCUMENT
1324 words - 5 pages Throughout the novel A Separate Peace, John Knowles establishes a universal truth of human qualities using allegorical characters, Gene and Finny. Their final year in Devon was fortunate, but also devastating from the fear of enlisting to World War 2. Knowles developed Gene and Finny’s journey in school as an extended metaphor, comparing it to the gradual lossofinnocence and the idea of ignorance creating the emotional, non-physical war. In the beginning of the year, Devon was full ofinnocence and it was a time of enjoyment for the students there. However, as the reality of war became more understandable for the students in Devon, their innocence began to fall off; thus, Gene becomingVIEW DOCUMENT
1031 words - 4 pagesTo 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 lossofinnocence 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.
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Both "Oranges" and "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant" deal with young boys' first love and date. Both speakers are around the same age, one in twelve and the other in fourteen.
Although these two works are based on the same idea, which is love, the lossofinnocence is different. The speaker of "Oranges" losses his innocence during the entire poem; he gains experience in love and dating, which in the end losses its innocence. His lossofinnocence is positive because he has a wonderful first date. Like "Oranges" the speaker of "The Bass, the River, and Shelia Mant" also deals with a lossofinnocence through love and dating. However, his first date was farVIEW DOCUMENT