Childhood Innocence, By Charles Dicken And J. D. Salinger 's Novel, Great Expectations, And

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When individuals develop their sense of self, they must also develop a sense of compassion and morality in order to strive for the betterment of society. In a world with corruption and chaos, to maintain humanity and kindness, individuals might prevent the loss of their childhood innocence. Born with compassion, people tend to act more kind in the years of their youth; however, as individuals age, expectations, judgements, and corruption haunts and creates obstacles in their lives. In Charles Dicken’s 19th century novel, Great Expectations, and J. D. Salinger’s classic literature, The Catcher in the Rye, they both highlights the importance of preserving childhood innocence in order to create a healthy development of individuals. While Dickens explains the dangers of neglecting childhood innocence and striving for adulthood expectations towards individuals’ humanity and compassion, Salinger reveals the necessity and benefits of accepting childhood innocence, especially within the realms of reality. Childhood innocence allows for humanity and morality in the corrupt world of reality, and without childhood innocence, the world will descend into chaos and inhumanity.
Neglecting childhood innocence will guide individuals towards adulthood expectations full of judgements and destruction. Dickens explains the significance of childhood innocence when Pip, along with a kindhearted Joe, treats the convict with compassion: “‘[Joe and Pip] don’t know what [Pip’s convict] have done, but…

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