The Loss of Innocence - Describes how young people lose innocence in relation to the short story "Eve in Darkness".

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Suffering has been known to the world since the Garden of Eden. In life we discover many things as we age. That Santa Claus doesn't exist or that the Easter bunny and the Tooth Fairy are not real. Likewise we discover sin. In the story "Eve in Darkness", the young girl is exposed to sin. She represents a modern Eve figure who is innocent until she is led astray by her cousin Victoria. The young girl portrays Eve, but does not fully follow her path and fall. In the end she retains her innocence by her childish creativity.

The story relates to the one of Eve and the Garden of Eden. The young girl and Eve resemble each other. In the beginning of time Adam and Eve were made in God's image. In the Bible Eve lived in a perfect world where she could have anything she ever could have desired.

This world was perfect like the young girl's. However, the young girl's world doesn't take place in a garden but rather in her "grandmother's dim, austere living room" where a statue of Eve holding an apple stands (18). God had only forbidden Adam and Eve one thing, that they not eat the fruit of one forbidden tree, the tree of knowledge which holds good and evil. The young girl in the story sees this fruit in the form of an apple in Eve's hand. Now Eve "saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise" (Genesis 3:6). The young girl also has a lack of knowledge like Eve. Eve meets a snake who is really Satan in disguise. He tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and like the young girl, Eve...