Innocence is usually associated with youth and ignorance. The loss of one's innocence is associated with the evils of the world. However, the term "innocence" can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Similarly, the loss of one's innocence can be interpreted in more than one way, and, depending on the interpretation, it may happen numerous times. The loss of innocence is culture specific and involves something that society holds sacrosanct. It is also bounded by different religious beliefs. Still, no matter which culture or religion is at hand, there is always more than one way to lose one's innocence, and every member of that particular culture or religion experiences a loss of innocence at least once in their lives. In addition, the individual's loss of innocence will impair him or her emotionally and/or physically. Committing a crime of some sort will certainly cause an individual to lose his or her innocence with emotional scars and perhaps with physical scars. In Native Son, by Richard Wright, Bigger Thomas accidentally suffocates his boss' daughter to death. Suddenly, Bigger feels a strength that had been dormant in him, a sense of control and power over another person. Although the murder is accidental, Bigger Thomas experiences a loss of innocence that enables him to kill others also, including his own girlfriend. Yet, with the power he believes he had acquired from his loss of innocence, he also obtains an abundance of guilt and fear. Bigger knows that he had performed a terrible act, and because of this he feels guilty. Also, he begins to fear that he would be caught. Bigger becomes very paranoid after the murder and ultimately is caught and executed anyway. The case of Bigger Thomas is almost tragic. His loss of innocence, an accident, causes him to become a dishonest and dishonorable person. He is unable to forget the event and bears guilt and fear until he is executed. Knowing a victim of an unforgettable and unforgivable crime will
March 17, 2013
The Loss of Innocence
Crime is an interesting aspect of our every day society. People choose to commit crimes for various motives and intentions. One thing that will always go hand-in-hand with the concept of crime is the idea of innocence. Innocence is something that we are born with and something that we slowly loose as we mature and learn. In the event of a crime, someone is always guaranteed to experience a loss of innocence whether it is the person committing….
It has been said that innocence can be defined as the state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin, through lack of knowledge of evil. I will examine pieces of literature that convey the loss of innocence to either a particular person, or a group of people.
The first piece of writing I have chosen is, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In the middle of a war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crashed onto an island. The pilot had been killed, so that left the boys to fend….
Scarlet Letter Analysis
Loss of Innocence in the Puritan Society
In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne hones in on the contrast between good versus bad and the loss of innocence that defies that line. Hester Prynne is a symbol of shame and sin to the puritan society, however she once was an innocent and honorable woman.
On page 76, Hawthorne repeats the phrase “At her, child of honorable parents...At her, mother of a babe...At her.” This repetition emphasizes the way Hester….
Many people experience the loss of innocence every day because it’s just a natural thing. One way that people loss their innocence is through the violence of war. Most people in a war will come unto the fact that it’s a kill or be killed kind of thing. Everyone would naturally choose to kill another man and that’s how many people in a war end up losing their innocence. Another way that people lose their innocence is when they witness the death of someone else. In the book “Fallen Angels,” Lieutenant….
2.How does Ishmael Beah address the loss of innocence in A Long Way Gone?
While Beah's memoir is written largely in a matter-of-fact tone, he does use several devices to illustrate the theme of loss of innocence: use of flashbacks, symbolism, and nature motifs.
Beah states plainly that his induction into the Sierra Leone military at the age of 13 was the end of his childhood. Although the violent pursuit of rebels across Sierra Leone traumatized Beah, it is not until he is turned into a killer….
Loss of innocence
In every child’s life, there is a certain time in their life when they lose their innocence. Young or old, it is inevitable when it will happen. In William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”, he conveys the idea of how the group of boys slowly begins to lose their innocence and resort to savage, inhuman living conditions. Ralph fights for a community, a way that they can all live in harmony yet have a civilized structure in their society. On the contrary, Jack leads the group of….
English 4, 4
Loss of Innocence
Have you ever thought about a time in your life where you took your maturity to the next step? There are certain events that led up to the moment in your life where innocence is changed and you become closer to an adult. In the short story “The Flowers” by Alice Walker, Myop’s character proves that everyone reaches a point of change in innocence. Whether it is by choice or in growth, all ways require obstacles and new things….
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….
Loss of Innocence
As we grow as a person to a part of society we learn about many different things, we learn how to cope with different situations in order to form into different individuals. We start seeing things from a different perspective and start forming our own opinions of people, situations and the world in general. As many would think that this is the process of growth; it is also a loss of innocence. It is an aspect of coming of age or an experience in a child or person’s life that makes….