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The Loss of Innocence in the Novels, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye
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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 ofHuckleberry 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 Hesters crime and she is a part of her mothers shame The scarlet letter printed on Hesters chest is there to remind everyone of Hesters 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 mothers sins and she wasnt accepted as a normal child her age would be She had too much to bear at a young age
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