Children Pure Innocence Mind “Little Annie’s Ramble”

There are few literature works that use children as the main character in the story to give harmless, innocence or naïve character in the story. Some writers put children as main characters in their works to evoke the idea of kindness, compassion or warmth sensation in an essay. Nathaniel Hawthorne in “Little Annie’s Ramble” involves a child’s character as center story that pictured the innocence and harmless side of a young soul. The story is about a little girl named Annie that interact with an adult gentleman, together they stroll through the street circus in their town. Annie is a little girl that curious out of the crier’s announcement from the distance and try to find out what it is all about. At the same time a man looked at her from across the street and looked at Annie’s enthusiastically to find out what the crier had been speaking of.

The story taken from the adult perspective reminiscing how fin it is as a child and having a child’s mind. The man reminded him of his childhood when he looked back into the time when he was young and connect it with Annie’s curiosity. “She feels that impulse to go strolling away –that longing after the mystery of the great world– which many children feel, and which I felt in my childhood” (Hawthorne). This childhood moments resonance throughout the essay, it almost feels like Hawthorne try to bring readers to their own childhood memories. The reminiscence of the gentlemen brought  a up few times in the essay, for example on this passage:

“Here is a shop to which the recollections of my boyhood, as well as present partialities, give a peculiar magic. How delightful to let the fancy revel on the dainties of a confectioner; those pies, with such white and flaky paste, their contents being a mystery, whether rich mince, with whose plums intermixed, or piquant apple, delicately rose-flavored; those cakes, heart-shaped or round, piled in a lofty pyramid; those sweet little circlets, sweetly named kisses; those dark, majestic masses, fit to be bridal-loaves at the wedding of an heiress, mountains in size, their summits deeply snowcovered with sugar!” (Hawthorne).

In this passage, Hawthorne portrays in detail the dream or imagination of a little kid. He pictures how children love sweets and anything that has a connection with sugar. He also put the man in recollection moment when he was a little kid, the naïve feeling as a child towards the sweets. “Little Annie’s Ramble” show the pure innocence character of a child in an adult perspective, where the adult kind of envy how naïve, pristine and unadulterated minds.

2 thoughts on “Children Pure Innocence Mind “Little Annie’s Ramble”

  1. I agree with the way you summarized this. To correlated it with the story “The Little Prince” by Saint-Exupéry is an example of how a few authors use literature works that would seem to be child friendly to convey adult situations and perceptions. Like Hawthorne, it seems, Saint-Exupéry parades a list of large themes; making it more believable that the book was written for adults rather than children. Though, children would embrace these works, adults would need or more importantly, would want to examine it closely. This reveals their narrow-mindedness in many ways. For example, in the text and learn to see in there is a drawing of elephant inside a boa constrictor, rather than a hat to which most adults guessed.

    You state that the “Little Annie’s Ramble” “shows the pure innocence character of a child in an adult perspective, where the adult kind of envy how naive, pristine and unadulterated minds”. Similarly, in “The Little Prince”, adults, mostly men are dull, imagination-less creatures. They are untamed and the only truth is what they believe is in front of them. Adults are simply trapped within their self-made limitations.

    I find that the books such as these can be interpreted it in two ways. First through a child; in which they enjoy a nice, well-written fictional story. And secondly, for adults; foe which they are challenged to reflect upon their childhood experiences.

  2. It seems like you have given a great deal of background information about this article. You outlined the why literature sometimes will use children as the main character, the summary of “Little Annie’s Ramble”, and an interpretation of one of your favorite paragraphs. All these are great. But I was wondering if you could possibly consider using one of the two close reading methods we have learned throughout this course. They are Archeological Dig — the careful dissecting of one particular passage, and Following the Trail—highlighting a pattern or recurring element.

    I noticed that you are trying to analyze one specific passage extracted from this article, which is fine. But your analysis process should have slowed down a bit. Meaning that you seem to jump into conclusion quite early thus the analysis doesn’t appear to be a valid outcome of logical reasoning. For example, in your last paragraph interpreting what you have thought about from the passage you quoted from “Little Annie’s Ramble” where there is a lack of a transition: “He pictures how children love sweets and anything that has a connection with sugar. He also put the man in recollection moment when he was a little kid, the naïve feeling as a child towards the sweets.”, paused here, you should have returned back to those statement you claimed and providing details or patterns you have found in the passage and prove how you came up with these statements. Instead, you transitioned to” “Little Annie’s Ramble” show the pure innocence character of a child in an adult perspective, where the adult kind of envy how naïve, pristine and unadulterated minds.” without providing me the fact or proof for how you reached this conclusion from all the statements you asserted before. I hope you would find this comment helpful.

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