The effect, we now know, can be damaging to neural development, which can lead to severe psychological and emotional difficulties later in life. As a consequence of ignoring readiness, maternal instinct, parental intuition and common-sense — so necessary to build an emotional bond — are swamped by pressures as artificial as they are dangerous. Nor is it a matter of volume, but of timing.
The book gets its title from Holden's constant concern with the loss of innocence.
He did not want children to grow up because he felt that adults are corrupt. This is seen when Holden tries to erase naughty words from the walls of an elementary school where his younger sister Phoebe attended. Somebody'd written 'Fuck you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed, naturally- what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days.
I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it. I figured it was some perverty bum that'd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall. I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how I'd smash his head on the stone steps till hew as good and goddam dead and bloody.
Holden believed that children were innocent because they viewed the world and society without any bias. When Phoebe asked him to name something that he would like to be when he grew up, the only thing he would have liked to be was a "catcher in the rye. He stated that he would like to follow a poem by Robert Burns: Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around- nobody big, I mean- except me.
And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff- I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.
I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. In the beginning of Catcher in the Rye, his initial character is one of a child. Throughout the book, he takes steps and the forces of change take a toll on his childish ways.
In the end, he seems to be changed into a man. Holden is definitely extremely immature in the beginning of the book. He characterizes almost every person he meets as a "phony".
He feels that he is surrounded by hypocrites in a school filled with fakery. Principal Thurmer, the principal of Holden's high school, Pencey, was the leader of the whole charade.
He would not associate himself with those that were not financially stable, because he was a phony. Holden also maintains a lack of responsibility throughout the whole book. He was the equipment manager of the fencing team at Pencey, but he lost the equipment on the subway. He also failed out of two schools for lack of effort and absences from classes.
Holden also had a daydream about two children who never grew up, whore main in a perfect world forever. This daydream is a result of his younger brother Allie's death. Allie represents the unchangeable youth of which Holden must let go if he ever expects to maintain sanity.
Holden has a fixation on childhood, which shows itself in many forms. His glorification of children, inordinate admiration of Phoebe, idealization of his dead younger brother, and the joy he gets from reminiscing about his own childhood all contribute to his obsession with innocence and youth.
Throughout the middle of the book, forces of change unfold on Holden. While waiting for an old friend of his, he had the sudden urge to go into a museum that he had visited while still a child in school in order to bring back memories of his childhood. However, when he finally reached the museum, he decided not to.
When I got to the museum, all of a sudden I wouldn't have gone inside for a million bucks. It just didn't appeal to me He did not want to enter the museum because he realized that he was too old to take part in such an activity. When he takes Phoebe to a carousel later in the book, he decided not to ride on it, or even stand on it during a rain storm, because he felt "too old" to get on.
Holden also had another one of his childish fantasies for his future. He wanted to go and be a deaf mute somewhere in the west, so he wouldn't have to deal with all the phonies and hypocrites of every day life.
Phoebe told him that she wanted to go along with him, but he denies her of this because of his growing responsibility and metamorphosis as an adult.
He told her, "I'm not going away anywhere.Loss of Innocence The theme of loss of innocence in Life of Pi is closely related to the theme of the primacy of survival. Its significance is reflected in the geographic structure of the book—in Part 1, Pi is in Pondicherry, and there he is innocent.
Jun 20, · Hamlet gains the same feeling of determination after watching a traveling player’s speech. “Had he the motive and the cue for passion/That I have? / O, vengeance!” () Hamlet believes he must become like the hero in the speech delivered by the actor and get revenge for his beloved father’s murder.
Like Ophelia, Hamlet is "'whored' by the father": "The older generation incestuously prostitutes the innocence of the younger" (). Further examples include Polonius prostituting Laertes and Reynaldo with plans of spying and Claudius, the "symbolic father," similarly misusing Rosencrantz and .
Dec 20, · Loss of Innocence in "To Kill a Mockingbird" Updated on December 23, Jennifer Wilber. Discovering the true nature of Arthur “Boo” Radley also represents a loss of innocence for Scout.
Throughout the novel, Scout and Jem thought of Boo Radley as a scary, almost mythical, figure. The Madness of Hamlet and Ophelia: Mental Illness Reviews: 1. Loss Of Innocence In Hamlet. It has been said that innocence can be defined as the state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin, through lack of knowledge of evil.
I will examine pieces of literature that convey the loss of innocence to either a particular person, or a group of people. The first piece of writing I have chosen is, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Feb 04, · Hamet Act 1: Scene 2, the soliloquy Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet Using the color of white in the ending scene of Hamlet’s soliloquy maybe a technique to illustrate the innocence Hamlet is about to leave. and have the scene all but silent, except for Hamlet’s speech.
The loss of a score makes the scene feel emptier, and.