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Loss of Innocence: Comparing Tangled with The Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Loss of Innocence: Comparing Tangled with The Catcher in the Rye
"The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move" (Salinger 121).
Holden Caulfield has first hand experience of exposure to the harshness the world has to provide. As his brother died at a young age and Holden is continuously expelled from several schools, he realizes the world is built of crude, fake bricks. When Holden remembers his childhood field trips to the Museum of Natural History, he finds comfort in the fact that nothing in the museum has changes. He ponders the thought how only the people change and how they are somewhat different from the last time they have visited. Subconsciously, Holden rebels against the thought of changing into a more mature being. The boy clings to what reminds him of his youth because he remembers how simpler things were. There were no "phonies", no lectures to attend, and minimal responsibilities to maintain. This shows that Holden is trying to protect what little innocence he has left by hanging onto his youth, and ideals of a younger life. The museum is able to offer Holden a "pause in time" where he could return to his childhood and forget about the future.
"I've been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it's not everything I dreamed it would be?"
"I felt so damn happy all of a sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around, I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. I don't know why" (Salinger 213).
As Holden reveals that he is still a virgin, he also mentions that he had plenty of opportunities to lose his virginity. The fact that he has not had sexual intercourse suggests that he is hanging onto another piece of his youth. By not moving forward in this portion of his life, Holden is attempting to keep his innocence intact rather than progressing into the adult life. In several sections of the novel, he shares his nervous emotion pertaining to the topic. It is because of his worry over losing what little innocence he has left that creates this feeling. This worry is also the reason for him to stop advancing on a woman. Holden believes that if he refrains from sexual intercourse that he will be closer to his youth rather than adulthood. Although Holden remains a virgin throughout the novel, he still manages to rid himself of his innocence.
Now that you've completed your multimedia essay, what aspects of your chosen theme reflect life experiences outside of the novel or play and the film?
The theme of losing one's innocence is displayed in our everyday lives. As each day passes, children become one day closer to becoming responsible adults and one day further from spontaneous adolescents. Living in today's society, it is necessary for each individual to shed their simpleness and to grow into a more complex being. Rather than creating imaginative crayon drawings, each child is expected to draw something with a purpose, and with logic. Being unaware of this change, our innocence slowly dissipates while our experience wildly grows. No matter how we try to control this, it can never be stopped. As humanity evolved, it has grown to become natural in the development of humans where children lose what classifies them a children: their innocence. It has happened to all adults and some, much like Holden, has refused to accept its happening.
Why do your chosen quotes illustrate this theme?
The six quotes that I have chosen demonstrate my chosen theme of "loss of innocence" as they are all pertaining to situations where the characters' purity is involved. The three quotes from Tangled show Rapunzel's character development as she gains experience in the world. Beginning with her daydreaming of going outside, and concluding with her mother's exposure, Rapunzel advances from a naive girl to a mature character. Similar to Rapunzel, Holden Caulfield attempts to move past his youthful personality towards a more mature man. Through the quotes I selected, Holden's grasp on his innocence is demonstrated, as well as his struggle to become an adult. As both characters take on their individual adventures, they are exposed to the undeniable event of losing their innocence.
How do your chosen multimedia elements illustrate this theme?
"No! You were wrong about the world. And you were wrong about me! And I will never let you use my hair again!"
"I could go running/ and racing/ and dancing/ and chasing/ and leaping/ and bounding/ hair flying/ heart pounding/ and splashing/ and reeling/ and finally feeling/ now's when my life begins!"
As Rapunzel's thoughts wander from dream to dream, she fantasizes about all of the wonderful things she is able to do with her freedom. However, because her mind has not been exploited to the possible cruelness of the world, Rapunzel is unaware of all that could go wrong. Her innocence keeps her from thinking of negativity and focuses on the extravagant adventures that outside has to offer. The eighteen year old has never left her tower giving her no experience to relate her future adventures to. When her mother hid her from humanity, she had also prevented her from living her life as a normal teenager. Because of this, Rapunzel's curiosity for the unknown fuels her determination to explore. These thoughts are the beginning of Rapunzel's loss of innocence as she is eager to be exposed to the wholeness of the world. Her innocence will slowly weaken as she discovers that the world is not her ideal environment.
As Rapunzel explores the mysterious world of the unknown, she comes to the conclusion that everything was not how they appeared to be. Her utopian world contained evils, struggles, and many obstacles that she was unaware of. These discoveries slowly dissipated her naive views as they forced reality upon Rapunzel. The girl begins to question what is the truth and starts having doubts about her perspective on the world. Because she has only read descriptions in books or heard stories from her mother, Rapunzel's perfect picture begins to fall apart. The adventure with Flynn, or Eugene, has begun the decent of Rapunzel's innocence since eighteen years of being trapped in the tower had preserved it.
As Holden watches his younger sister Phoebe on the carousel, he is overwhelmed by joy. The sight before him reminds him of his innocent days when he was the one riding the plastic horse. During this scene, Holden realizes that he is too old to ride the carousel, symbolizing that he no longer innocent. Because of this, Holden comes to the conclusion that he can not be a child and run away from his problems by moving to the woods, he must stay in New York to face his issues. These thoughts represent Holden's innocence completely leaving as he takes on the responsibilities of a grown man. He accepts the difficulty he is going to have when putting effort in his schooling and trying to get his life back on track. Taking on this immense amount of maturity has finally signalled that Holden has released his grasp on his innocence.
Song: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" By Paul Whiteman and Bob Lawrence (Song during the carousel scene)
As the movie climbs to its climax, Rapunzel realizes that world is filled with deception and misplaced trust. Because she was locked up in the tower for the majority of her life, she was not exposed to these brutal qualities that the world possess. When she recognizes that her mother, whom she loved dearly, had betrayed her for eighteen years, Rapunzel is no longer the pure, naive-minded girl. She understands that the world is filled with selfish liars and greedy tricksters. Her utopian vision now carries a blackened blemish as it once was perfect. When Rapunzel takes a stand for herself against her captor, she loses her innocence as she no longer accepts her environment and everything that she is told. By rebelling against her mother, she creates her own identity for herself as he speaks her desires and personal opinions. She gains experience so that she is not an adolescent, much rather a knowledgeable woman.
No mater how different these two stories may seem, they share a common theme: the loss of innocence. As Holden faces the world by himself, he is forced to grow up and accept the responsibilities of being a man while he desperately clings to his childhood. Rapunzel's story involves her escape from her home of eighteen years to explore the world that she never knew. As these two characters face their adventures, they come across many obstacles that change both their perspectives and their characters. The constant conflicts they endure, whether they are internal or external, slowly fade the innocence of each personality. For example, Rapunzel discovers that the person she trusts most is selfishly evil. This exposure taught the simple minded girl that things do not appear as they seem and that some people are strictly evil. Knowing this, Rapunzel's innocence is no longer.
The Catcher in
One of the key attributes that illustrate this theme is the white background of the presentation. As white often symbolizes purity and innocence, each slides represents blemishes upon the white. Contained in every slide is the logic that will surpass the innocence causing it to reduce. As for the pictures I chose, I intended for them to create a timeline that moves from the characters being innocent to becoming experienced. As the beginning images reveal the joys of the youth, the concluding pictures are more serious and realistic. The final element that I had included were sounds and songs. The audio creates emphasis on the youthful ideas throughout each story. This includes Holden's love for the carousel Rapunzel's naive mind as she fantasizes about freedom in the world.
"I was a
little nervous. I was starting to feel pretty sexy and all, but I was a little nervous anyway.
If you want to know the truth, I'm a virgin. I really am. I've had quite a few opportunities
to lose my virginity and all, but I've never got around to it yet" (Salinger 92).
Comparing Tangled and The Catcher in the Rye Through the Theme "Loss of Innocence"
July 26th, 2014
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"[there's a rustle in the bushes. Rapunzel jumps on Flynn's back, terrified] 'Is it ruffians? Thugs? Have they come for me?'
[a cute little bunny hops out of the bushes] 'Stay calm. It can probably smell fear.'"
-Flynn and Rapunzel, Tangled
As Rapunzel first sets off on her exploration, she is scared and frightened by anything new to her. Going off into a new world is often terrifying when you do not know what to expect while feeling exposed to the world. Her innocence is shown as the girl investigates her new surroundings with the curiosity of a young child. As an innocent you fear corruption rather than embracing the growth into a new stage of life. Holden Caulfield exemplifies this as he would much rather horse around and enjoy the childish lifestyle. When these two characters find themselves in the thrilling world, they quickly realize it is not all chaste. This quote demonstrates the innocence that each character incorporates into their daily lifestyle, even though it is done unknowingly. Throughout their journeys they will begin the ascent to maturity as innocence evolves into wisdom.