Loss of innocence.

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  • greatest_fish30 24 Jun 2008 07:34:45 445 posts
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    Hello.

    I am just starting a research assignment that focuses on the theme of loss of innocence and its use in various texts. I plan to use 'The Catcher in the Rye' as one of my examples and maybe 'Lord of the Flies' but I still need more. So if you guys come up with any other types of literature/media (books, films, short stories, poems, song lyrics etc) that involve the theme it would be greatly appreciated.
  • thefilthandthefury 24 Jun 2008 07:40:29 24,983 posts
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    I think my girlfriend just did something similar to this for Uni. I'll ask her later on (when she's actually awake!) and get back to you.
  • greatest_fish30 24 Jun 2008 07:50:10 445 posts
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    Thanks, To Kill a Mocking Bird will be good. I don't know why I hadn't thought of that because I read it quite recently. Oh and if I can't find a good example for the theme in film I might just contrast it with those coming of age movies (The Breakfast Club etc).
  • warlockuk 24 Jun 2008 08:27:24 19,142 posts
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    Oz

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • askew 24 Jun 2008 08:48:38 12,133 posts
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    American Pie.
  • LeoliansBro 24 Jun 2008 08:57:27 43,634 posts
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    Dracula. It's all over the text. The Count seeks to become more worldly, Mina and Lucy are deflowered and dragged into the grown-up world (emphasis on a lack of chastity leading to ruin when the two are juxtaposed), Van Helsing as the teacher vs the 'modern' medical procedures and recognition that society and science still have a lot to learn.

    Hell, most of the Victorian fin de siecle greats are about loss of innocence. The Age Of Innocence for example?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • warlockuk 24 Jun 2008 08:57:28 19,142 posts
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    Blue Lagoon? :D

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • LeoliansBro 24 Jun 2008 09:04:08 43,634 posts
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    Thinking about it, go earlier. Clarissa (Samuel Herbert I think, if you can get through it) is perfect for your subject. Austen also touched on it but never really allowed the dark side of the subject into her neat and ordered worlds, except maybe in Persuasion. Gaskell or George Eliot could offer more - Dorothea in Middlemarch?

    And obviously, Wuthering Heights.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 24 Jun 2008 09:06:27 43,634 posts
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    ...and earlier still. Midsummer Nights' Dream. Tempest's Miranda and the loss of Prospero's kingdom, first the real and then at the end the magical. The Alchemist.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 24 Jun 2008 09:13:03 43,634 posts
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    Dammit. Knew I'd missed something.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • StringBeanJean 24 Jun 2008 16:58:59 1,777 posts
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    Try the lyrics to 'Reel around the fountain' and 'This Charming Man' by The Smiths
  • Ares 24 Jun 2008 17:04:02 1,822 posts
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    Anal Virgins? (volumes I-XI at any rate).

    XD
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