Love causes loss of innocence (In the book Their Eyes were watching God…
Love causes loss of innocence
In Of Mice and Men Lennie losses his innocence in the form of his death. He also losses his innocence when he kills Curleys wife, atleats in the eyes of everyone else.
George losses his hope and innocence because his love for Lennie and when he lost Lennie he lost hope as well, because Lennies optimism gave him hope he also knew if the people at the ranch found out about Lennie killing curleys wife. They would beat the hell out of him and torture him until he died, and george didn't want them to do that so he shot him. "No, Lennie. look down there acrost the river, like you can almost see the place."(Steinbeck 106). So it gives you the idea that he was going peacefully.
Symbols: The Dog. The gun. Curelys wife.
People: Lennie. George. Curleys Wife.
How does this relate to your thematic statement?
In The Things they Carried, most of them losses their innocence by the love of the country during the Vietnam War. Tim O'Briens love for his family caused him to lose his innocence because they wanted him to go to war he didn't want to go because he had the option to flee to Canada. he is too embarrassed not to go: "I would go to the war—I would kill and maybe die—because I was too embarrassed not to." (O'Brien 43)
Symbols: Dead Man. The water buffalo. The rainy river.
People: Tim. The dead man the guy he killed. Kiowa. His daughter.
Which dead man?
Great use of textual evidence!
In the book Their Eyes were watching God Janie losses her innocence because she was so desperate to find love but she always found the wrong ones, as in Joe he abused her physically and mentally. Then she found Tea Cake and he treated her great until she had to shoot him which really effected her.
Symbols: Horizon. Tea Cake. Nanny. Janie hair.
People: porch sitters. Joe. Nanny. Tea cake
"She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world
and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her sould to
come and see." (Hurston 115)
Great job connecting this novel to the thematic statement. Each part works.
In A Street Car Named Desire, Stella lost her innocence because of her love for Stanley she didn't want to believe Blanche because she couldn't leave Stanley, and still be able to take care of herself and the baby alone. “Her eyes go blind with tenderness.” Stella can endure being a victim because she is blinded by her love for her husband. She will always forgive him and make excuses for him, no matter what he does. She tells her sister that “there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark—that sort of make everything else seem—unimportant.”(Williams 137)
Symbols: The street car. 2 poker games. Raping of Blanche. the paper lantern.
People: Blanche. Stella . Stanley. Mitch.
Did each of these characters experience a loss of innocence because of love?
How does this quote show a loss of innocence?