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At some point in life we will all experience the loss of innocence This loss is not a choice but an eventuality In the novel They Shall Inherit the Earth Michael Aikenhead Andrew Aikenhead and Dave Choate have all experienced this loss of innocence in different ways but mainly through the perspective of others Morley Callaghan in They Shall Inherit the Earth demonstrates the loss of innocence through -the actions and conflicts between the characters in the novel Michael Aikenhead had always been an impulsive individual even while he was just a boy and because of this Michael had lost his innocence When Michael Aikenhead was a kid he had already lost his innocence in many ways When Michael Aikenhead was a kid he had beaten his step brother Dave Choate and rubbed his face steadily in the dirt after he had quarreled with and refused to accept Dave Michael Aikenhead had also lost his innocence when he was young by running away from home because of his feelings of anger towards his father for marrying Martha Choate and taking his sister Sheila Aikenhead with him Michael had not only lost his innocence by running away from home but he also lost his innocence by convincing Sheila into thinking negative thoughts about her father Andrew Aikenhead and saying such things as they dont want us do they about her father and step mother Although Michael had made many mistakes as a kid it is almost expected that kids make mistakes because they do not know better and so therefore the loss of innocence during childhood is not nearly as severe as the loss of innocence during the later stages in life Michael Aikenhead had not only lost his innocence as a child but had also lost his innocence as a mature adult many times and in many ways When Michael told Anna Prychoda about Huck Farr and how he though Huck was
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