Universal Themes : Maturity Vs. Innocence

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Universal Themes Maturity vs. Innocence: One particular example that portrays how mature situations affect children involves Uncle Stanley. After Jeannette’s family moves to Welch, Uncle Stanley inappropriately touches Jeannette. However, when she explains the situation to her Mom, Jeannette is told that she is overreacting. As a matter of fact, Jeannette’s mother defends Uncle Stanley and attempts to defend his actions by stating that he is lonely and in need of companionship. Despite just being sexually harassed, Jeannette agrees with Mom and forgives Uncle Stanley shortly after. This incident demonstrates how negative experiences don’t always impact or change younger people. Some, like Jeannette, who has been through plenty of tough situations, are able to move on from a situation like that which occurred. Later on in Welch, Jeannette meets a prostitute named Ginnie Sue and they appear to be enjoying each other’s company. In fact, Jeannette states that “While I was sitting there with Ginnie Sue, I’d forgotten she was a whore.” Thus, this passage portrays Jeannette’s non-judgmental view towards others. In this case, Jeannette’s childhood innocence prevents her from immediately criticizing others; instead, she is able to possess an open mind. Hardship can both create and mend divisions within a family: Now that Dad’s dream of the Glass Castle is indeed a garbage pile, a new tension can be seen between him and Jeannette. Originally, she is Dad 's chief defender, but is now
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