They Shall Inherit The Earth: Loss Of Innocence



At some point in life, we will all experience the loss of innocence.
This loss is not a choice but an eventuality. In the novel "They Shall
Inherit the Earth", Michael Aikenhead, Andrew Aikenhead and Dave Choate
have all experienced this loss of innocence in different ways, but mainly
through the perspective of others. Morley Callaghan in "They Shall Inherit
the Earth" demonstrates the loss of innocence through the actions and
conflicts between the characters in the novel.
Michael Aikenhead had always been an impulsive individual, even
while he was just a boy, and because of this, Michael had lost his
innocence. When Michael Aikenhead was a kid, he had already lost his
innocence in ...

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by convincing Sheila into thinking negative thoughts about her
father, Andrew Aikenhead, and saying such things as "they don't want us, do
they?" about her father and step mother. Although Michael had made many
mistakes as a kid, it is almost expected that kids make mistakes because
they do not know better and so therefore the loss of innocence during
childhood is not nearly as severe as the loss of innocence during the later
stages in life. Michael Aikenhead had not only lost his innocence as a
child but had also lost his innocence as a mature adult many times and in
many ways. When Michael told Anna Prychoda about Huck Farr and how he
though Huck was a "grand guy" and "as steady as the Rock Ages" , he had
lost his innocence because he lied to Anna, he knew that Huck was not a
good man and just wanted to take advantage of her. Michael Aikenhead had
been wrong many times and because of this, he had lost his innocence
through the eyes of others. However, Michael Aikenhead ...

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by not confessing what he had done.
Further more, Michael was not only guilty of hiding the truth, but "it did
not seem unjust to Michael that he should be free and his father should be
bearing the blame for Dave Choate's death." It was not until Michael
married Anna Prychoda and was waiting for his son to be born that he
realized everything he had done was wrong. As he looked out the window of
the hospital, Michael had a feeling that he would receive his nemesis as he
was sure "she would die that night and die apart from him" , he was sure
that Anna would die. Michael Aikenhead had lost his innocence time and
time again because of his impulsiveness and lack of thought towards ...

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