Innocence is such a precious gift. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines innocence as, “freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil.” Innocence is most easily associated with youth, as there is little guilt or worries to be concerned with. Mary Anne arrives in Vietnam with a bubbly personality and a happy smile. Her character represents youth and innocence as Tim O’Brien describes her. She isn’t perfect, still rough around the edges, like a child always is. Like most teenagers with over active minds, they are anxious for knowledge. They long to be mature and experienced in the ways of the world. Mary Anne was true to form. She was not timid and immediately started asking questions. Within a few weeks she was learning Vietnamese, asking about trip flares, and getting her hands bloody helping with the incoming wounded. The more Mary becomes invo...
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...t can never be regained. Mary Anne once was this vibrant and bubbly young girl. She was the beautiful flower that accidentally landed in the jungle of Vietnam. She tried with every ounce of her spirit to tread the waters and wind of the storm but wasn’t strong enough. She lost her petals, her luster and eventually her stem cracked and broke. Another thing lost, another who fell victim to the strain and strife of a pointless war. The innocence of young person washed away forever as a casualty of war.
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