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Children are naturally innocent and as they get older and experience life they learn that everything is not always good and sometimes bad things happen to good people In Gary Sotos poem Oranges this idea is shown through the eyes of a young boy I had the greatest response to this paper because I thought the way this young boy did until I got to college When I started school at the University of Arkansas I was exposed to a completely different environment and I had to think for myself Along with this new-found freedom came responsibility and this responsibility made me see how the world really is In the poem Oranges a young boy walks to a drugstore with his girlfriend While there she wants chocolate that is too expensive for him but instead of telling her that she could not have the chocolate he used oranges that he had been carrying in his pocket to pay for it This shows that the boy had faith that the drugstore clerk would accept the oranges a payment for the candy Children tend to trust everyone until they become a certain age when their feelings change I believe that trust is very important Even though the world can be a rough place and some people are bad there are still good people out there and everyone needs a person that they can trust Like the young boy I was very nave and trusted everyone to do what was right In high school I never did anything to disobey my parents and never really had the urge to I think this kept me sheltered from many things that I as an adult need to know to better relate to the people around me Once I got to college I made friends that opened my eyes to many new things This allowed me to experience different aspects of college life and helped me to better understand the
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