Loss Of Innocence Essay

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Loss Of Innocence



The Loss of Innocence


Certain childhood experiences are missed out by some people because of mishaps early on in
life. Any unfortunate event could cause the loss of innocence and make a child mature
before his or her time. This event or experience would cause them to sacrifice their
innocence. Many pieces of literature contain the loss of innocence as a theme. Examples
of these would be The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of

Huckleberry Finn, and The Catcher in the Rye.
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel that shows the theme of the loss of
innocence. Although it is not a major theme, it can be used to describe Pearl, the
daughter of Hester Prynne. Hester treated Pearl like the sin she committed, adultery, so
she grew up like it. Hester pleaded to keep Pearl because “all that she had was the
scarlet letter and her child." She is the living evidence of Hester’s crime and she is a
part of her mother’s shame. The scarlet letter printed on Hester’s chest is there to

remind everyone of Hester’s guilt, which is something Pearl did as well. When Hester and
Pearl went to see Governor Bellingham, Hester told them how she felt about her daughter.
Sadly, she felt almost the same thing the Puritans did. However she also declared her
love for Pearl. “She is my happiness - she is my torture, none the less. Pearl keeps me
here in life!

Pearl punishes me too!”. The Puritans thought that this little girl was influenced by the
devil. She was a little like the bearer of the truth. None of the other children were
allowed around Pearl so she had no friends. She had a lot to handle as a child so this
compromised her innocence. Pearl was being punished for her mother’s sins and she wasn’t
accepted as a normal child her age would be. She had too much to bear at a young age.

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which was written by Mark Twain, Huck matures
quickly because he has to help Jim escape the ill fortune of slavery. He is torn between
the values of society and his young, innocent conscience. He is tormented by the thought
of turning Jim in and doing what everyone else thinks is right or staying loyal to his
new-found companion. He also has to use his intelligence to get down the river and bring
Jim to safety. By making these decisions he is no longer a child. He loses innocence and
becomes an adult because he doesn’t have to make the decisions a child his age normally
has to.

Their were numerous occasions in The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, where
loss of innocence was used as a theme. The first, was when Holden broke the window when
Allie died. Losing his brother was a hard time for him. For him, Allie was the definition
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