Vittorio’s Loss of Innocence
“I walked through the streets with a strange sense of lightness, as if at any moment I might simply lift up and walk on air; and houses, faces, voices seemed to fade away from me, to lose their power to impress me with their presence. But though my mind was filled with images of America, of tall buildings with wide green fields, of the dark-haired man I remembered as my father, I could not believe in the truth of them, even my father now seeming merely like someone I had imagined in a dream; and all I could see clearly of the future was a kind of limitless space that took shape in my head as the sea, and a journey into this space took direction not from its destination but from the point of departure, Valle del Sole, which somehow could not help but remain always visible on the receding shore.” (Ricci, 165) Certain circumstances in Vittorio’s childhood made him look at the world through eyes of less innocence. In every life, there are encounters of sadness and difficulties that arise to test your character and thus, loss of innocence is a necessary component to maturity. It is the gradual transition into adulthood that every child must go through. Nino Ricci’s ‘Lives Of the Saints’ deals with the loss of innocence of a boy who realizes that the world is not as perfect as he thought it would be – life is not always “gumdrops and daisies.” Vittorio’s loss of innocent occurs as he realizes the imperfections and faults of his mother, moving him away from being “Mama’s boy.” Loss of innocence is a necessary component to maturity. It is the gradual transition into adulthood that every child must go through. Nino Ricci's ˜Lives Of the Saints' deals with the loss of innocence of a boy who realizes that the world...
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