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Jim saw that he had been living before he came here in a state of dangerous innocence He had been blind What did Jim mean and how does it relate the overall point of the novel Fly Away Peter by David Malouf is essentially a novel examining life it charts Jims loss of innocence as he confronts the brutality of war and the truth of human nature On his arrival to the trenches it is as if Jim has opened his eyes for the first time and only now has truly seen the harsh and glaring reality that he was so distanced from in the lush shady paradise of the sanctuary It is the story of how each of us will or already have left the secure safety of our youthful thoughts to experience the uncertainty and shock of actuality Jim acknowledges his need to extend his thinking and experience of life in the face of the changes that the war will inevitably bring Jim feels he needs to go to war otherwise he would never understandwhy his life and everything he had known were so changedand nobody would be able to tell him Jims self-admission that his quest for understanding and awareness will take him to the battlefields of Europe foreshadows the realisation of his own inexperience and naivety when he arrives Jims innocence is echoed by that of his countrymen who are oblivious to the horrors that they will live through or die from Id want to be in it one young girl passionately declares to Jim of the war Its an opportunity Every life is a march from innocenceto virtue or vice Jim marches straight from his simple life in the sanctuary into the corruption of war He leaves his field glasses behind with the continuity and natural abundance of the sanctuary accepts his rifle and bayonet and joins the familiars of death in the trenches The situation that
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