Loss Of Innocence In Lives Of Saints And The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime

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The Theme, Loss of Innocence in
Lives of The Saints and The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime
Loss of Innocence, can be depicted as the coming of age for a character where he/she goes through multiple experiences in life which cause them to lose their innocence. The two characters, Vittorio from Lives of The Saints and Christopher from The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime, both go through a journey which concludes with their loss of innocence. Primarily, both protagonists, Vittorio and Christopher, are forced into isolation from society, and left to rely on their sole parents, only to be betrayed by them while overcoming a harsh truth, which ultimately prompts a dramatic change to their family relationship. The two
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Special Needs!’… and I have my Swiss Army Knife if they hit me, and I kill them” (Haddon 44). This quote shows that Christopher does not know how to respond in social situations, and his only instinct is to pull out his knife to protect him. Likewise, the second piece of evidence shows how he is portrayed as an outsider, “[a]nd the dream was that nearly everyone on the earth is dead… and these[remaining] people on the earth are all special people like me… and I know that no one is going to talk to me or ask me a question” (Haddon 198-199). Due to Christopher’s isolation from society, it leads him to lose his innocence as he must become independent and rely solely on himself. Along with being alone and only having their sole parent to look after them, both protagonists, must soon undergo a harsh betrayal, caused by their parent.
With Vittorio, the betrayal that he goes through is that his mother had an affair with another man, and in doing so greatly affected his life in a negative way. Throughout the novel, Vittorio gathers many pieces of information which all add up to his mother having an affair, yet the does not put the pieces together, because he rejects what everyone is saying about his mother. In the novel, Vittorio gets criticized for his mother’s
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