Loss of Innocence in "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings

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The song is an old southern anthem of the basic tale and fate of growing up. The song goes on to warn mothers to keep their children safe from the harsh world that awaits them, in this case it's the world of the west, and it couldn't be more true. Growing up is inevitable and is a epidemic people have been trying to battle for years, the same way Peter Pan could not stand to age even a year. With growing up and older, the world around you seems to change within itself but all that is really changing is you. Your values and morals change along with your opinions. You begin to see things in a different light and it's as if when you were born, you were born into complete darkness and as time goes on the light slowly starts to burn from dim to blindingly bright. Everyone has been growing up for years, even
Scout Finch from fictional Maycomb, Alabama in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout's journey from innocence to understanding is one everyone must endure and take on with all the trials and tribulations that come with life. Most children grow up hearing old stories from their families and sit at sleepovers in circles telling scary ghost stories and they believe them, just as Scout believed that "inside the house lived a malevolent phantom"
(Lee, page 14). As Scout grows forward and the story progresses she learns, after Arthur "Boo" Radley…

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