Film Analysis: 'Where Did My Innocence Go?'

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Where Did My Innocence Go?

“I’m interested in how innocence fares when it collides with hard reality” (Geoffrey S Fletcher, screenwriter). Authors Phil Klay and Hal Ashby seek to show their audiences what does happen when innocence collides with hard reality through their stories’ main characters Bob Hyde and Sergeant Price. Phil Klay, in “Redeployment” writes about a man, Sergeant Price, who returns from a seven month deployment in Iraq. Price has trouble returning to civilian life and displays obvious effects of the war. In Coming Home director Hal Ashby writes a story about a Vietnam officer who comes home on injury leave to a broken life that is nothing like it was before going off to war. While serving in war, Sergeant Price and
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His loss of innocence causes him to become irrationally angered, to become incapable of returning to civilian life among innocent people, and to lose his emotional attachment with his wife. Upon return from his duties in Vietnam, Bob finds out that his wife is having an affair with a man named Luke. While Bob is discussing the affair with Sally and Luke in his living room, Bob does not cease to point his bayonet-tipped military-grade rifle at both opposing parties. The film makes Bob appear to be on the verge of killing Luke. This situation shows how irrationally angry Bob has become since going to Vietnam. Sally gives Bob a welcome home party immediately following his return to the United States. However, Bob is unappreciative and refuses to socialize much with Sally. He decides he would rather party with his war buddies, so he ditches the personal celebration with his wife and invites his friends over to get drunk. This shows that Bob has lost his emotional attachment to his wife. The final scene of Coming Home depicts Bob swimming of into the ocean nude. The viewer can reasonably infer that Bob does not return; he commits suicide. This event occurred because Bob could not handle returning from war without his innocence to be surrounded by people who still had theirs. In combination with the two previously …show more content…
This loss of innocence caused Price to, upon return to the United States, become emotionally detached from his wife, degrade his moral conduct with his wife, and become uncomfortable living among innocent people. Cheryl, Sgt. Price’s wife, picks him up at the military base when he returns from deployment. Their conversation on the way home, according Phil Klay, the author of “Redeployment”, went as follows: “Cheryl said, ‘How are you?’ which meant, How was it? Are you crazy now?
I said, ‘Good. I’m fine’ [...]
She said, ‘I’m so happy you’re home.’
Then she said, ‘I love you so

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