I choose "the chimney sweeper". I really think you could find any illusion of innocence to tie to this. I think that innocence comes and goes quite frequently. The physical and then emotional loss of both parents, then finding a whole new type of family with those he works with. Watching the pain come and go, while being exchanged with moments of touching and living moments. I think that faith is restored by the angel and the innocence of belief of a "heaven" afterlife, regardless of anyone else's beliefs.

Last week I read Nathaniel Hawthorn's "Young Goodman Brown".  I've never read any of his works and have heard his name mentioned numerous times, so I figured I would choose this story.  I feel like the main idea of what Hawthorn was trying to relay was that in the village of Salem in which we find the main character, the SOCIAL portrayal of innocence corrupts the true righteousness of the self; and just because some appears righteous in the social setting, doesn't necessarily mean they are not corrupt as a person. I do believe that he is trying to sum up human experience, and I really appreciated this attempt.  I do believe the struggle of life is portrayed in a way that is also emotional, biological, and mental. You can see the many character struggling with his moral ideals in his head, this is MENTAL.  He also has more subtle details that could be explained as a more BIOLOGICAL and more integrated into how he is "wired" but this would be outlined in a post longer than 150 words.
The main forces that act upon Goodman Brown are his wife, his old teacher, his friends, co-worker, preacher, townspeople etc.  He enters circumstances with these people, such as when he "walks through the dark wood" and experienes a seromon by a dark figure.  He describes these experiences as "Towns people voices are but a raincloud" and "That woman taught me my Catechism" and "My faith is gone! Sin is but a name." He is learning to think for himself, and struggling with and coming to terms with and realizing that his Christian beliefs are Hogwash. He poetically expressed what it may be like to come to deal with these great immense, profound feelings that will no longer be repressed...

When defining Innocence and Experience in this week’s readings I think of “From the Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old,” by Hanan Mikha’il ‘Ashrawi. This poem strikes me the most because it gives you the point of view from a three year old that had her eye shot. This poem shows the reader the innocence of this little girl by telling of her thought process, mental and emotional in the second and third paragraph. It goes further showing her innocence in her conclusion of why she and a nine-month old got shot in the eye for “a soldier looking for little girls who look him in the eye.” The last paragraph shows the reader experience. By the little girl explaining that the baby shouldn’t have been shot because she didn’t know better versus her being older, being almost four years old. I gather this girl has been raised around a warzone and has enough experience to know right from wrong. She has seen enough world with both of her eyes. This nine-month old lacks experience with life and shouldn’t have been shot based on her age and not being able to see the world with two eyes. She hasn’t lived long enough to see many things to remember what they looked like with two eyes.
 I tried finding an example of allusion in this poem, but it simply didn’t have any.   

Having a soft heart for just simplistic romance, things like passing notes or softly holding hands, even small tragedies, I couldn't resist the title of "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning", by Haruki Murakami. The premise is a guy, thirty-years old, is walking down a street, and on the same side of the street a girl, about thirty, passes him. Before she does, however, he suddenly feels like she is 100% perfect for him, despite her him not finding her particularly attractive.
The twist is that, as a result of not having anything to say to her and therefore simply passing her, he creates a short story in which he explains why she's 100% the girl for him, which literally intertwines the situation that occurred with a long back story.
The innocence is expressed during this back story; originally, he had met the girl, when they younger, and they knew than that they were 100% perfect for each other. They felt it was cheap to think this, though, and, in their negligence, they parted ways, feeling ensured that they would someday meet again if they truly were 100% perfect for each other.
In their inexperienced youth, they thought the numbers would prove them right, but in reality they didn't realize the outcomes between then and now and thus they no longer even know each other. As the story is described, I do feel it is indeed "A sad story..."

I like poetry so the text I chose for defining innocence is From the Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old by Hanan Mikha'il 'Ashrawi. This poem is told from the point of view of an almost 4 year old who has been shot in the eye from a soldier. This poem is very emotional but told in a very matter of fact kind of way. When you read the title you automatically assume that the innocence comes from this almost 4 year old, however it actually comes from a 9 months old and the experience comes from the almost 4 year old. For me this put in to perspective that innocence and experience knows no age.  This young girl, we would assume is innocent but shows us that she is actually the experienced one who has seen "enough life" and that this young babe is the innocent one. Fascinating poem that changed my point of view of both innocence and experience.   

In my English class I actually just did an essay about Salvation. I found it to be very good and an interesting insight. Hughes was just a young boy who went with his aunt to a church revival, towards the end of the night the children were taken to the front and were preached to with a very moving sermon. At the end of the sermon many of the children went running up to the alter. He sat there because he had not seen Jesus. He eventually gave up and in order to make his aunt happy he also wet up to the alter. Later that night he sat in bed and cried because he had lied to his aunt. I think that children in themselves are really innocent. He was so upset that he had lied and that he did not see Jesus that night in he church. I just think this was a great essay.

Salvation was a very interest essay. In it, a religious revival was in town and had proven quite popular. His Aunt Reed attended every night for a week. On the final evening, the churchgoers' children were invited to give them a chance at salvation.If he was saved, Aunt Reed had told him, he would see a light, meaning Jesus had come into his life. The boy believed her very literally; he had heard other adults mention the same light. So he sat in church, waiting to see this mysterious light and for a big change. The preacher gave a powerful sermon. Many of the kids went up to be saved because of his words, because they wanted to be saved or were just tired of sitting there. Having people pray for them. The boy ends up standing up and the congregation was over welled with joy. Later the boy cried because he felt so guilty.
I would have to say that the innocence of the boy was social. After everyone else got up he finally did because of the pressure that was put on him. 
I have Langston Hughes before, he is a very religious man but also believes to be who you want to be. This essay describes that perfectly.

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In the poem "The Chimney Sweeper" by William Blake the narrator is the author. He expresses the disappointment of being a young child and his mom passing away and his dad abandoning him. So he found job sweeping chimneys and the people that he worked with became his family. Sweeping chimneys was hard work and many of the workers that did this job had lasting health effects from the soot they breath in. Sadly he saw many of his fellow sweepers pass away in job that you never got away from black soot. When they passed away they felt freed from the soot and the angels would carry them away to heaven where everything was clean and pure. They would be freed from the mistakes and all the bad things they had done. They would be united with their God who loves them unconditionally. I found this poem to interesting. It help me realize how hard sweeping chimneys is. I also felt greatful for my family after hearing what this poor man went through with his own family.

For this, I chose “The Chimney sweeper. This poem is from the author’s point of view and includes several allusions of innocence. Both allusions of innocence I read in the text include the word white. First is the mentioning of “white hair” in the second paragraph, line 8.  Second is the reference to their skin tone “naked and white” in the fifth paragraph, line 17. White, of course, is a color that often represents innocence clean and bright – untouched. I notice that this image is often used in literature that references religion and religious practices, which is why the words of the poem are just as important as the story line. This poem is, I believe, from an emotional standpoint, because I believe that religion stems from emotional needs. You can disagree with me, that is fine, just understand and respect my opinion. The force behind Tom Dacre’s innocence is the image of the Angel who visits him in his dream (remind you of any Biblical story?). The Angel tells Tom to be good and he shall be rewarded with entrance to Heaven. Tom obeys and becomes “happy and warm” (line 23). Thus, innocence is restored in Tom through his emotions tied with his religious images.

For this assignment, I chose the poem From the Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old by Hanan Mikha'il 'Ashrawi. In the poem, it is told in the prospective of a 4 year old who has lost their eye in an accident involving a soldier. She wonders what he will see but then she describes getting shot in the eye. It's emotional, social, and mentally innocent in many ways. When first reading the poem you assume a 4 year old has no grasp on life but she actually has enough experience to note that a 9 month old also got shot in the eye and that she's "seen enough of life" and that the baby is too young. Innocence is partly experience and gaining knowledge from mistakes. I can't say what it is like to be shot, so I am naive in that perspective. The little girl is going to get a glass eye. Her entire social world is about to become less innocent with the angst of growing up,
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