Childhood is a Time of Innocence Introduction This essay will examine how childhood innocence is depicted in four short stories: “Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels; “Silver Bugles, Cymbals, Golden Silks” by Hugh Hood; “ Kapusitchka ” by A.M. Klein; and “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier.” In particular, this essay will examine how all four of these short stories portray childhood as not necessarily a time of innocence but rather one where their child characters are faced with mature and grown-up situations. It is the general belief that childhood is a time of impracticality, imagination, make-believe, and innocence. Childhood is a time of discovery where anything seems possible and when the difficulties and dilemmas of the surrounding...The end:
.....ing all around him” (Klein 60). Conclusion The idea of childhood innocence is noticeably lacking in the four short stories “Fugitive Pieces,” “Silver Bugles, Cymbals, Golden Silks,” “The Hockey Sweater,” and “ Kapusitchka .” Ben in “Fugitive Pieces” was overly preoccupied with surviving, likely a product of his holocaust survival parents. Hugh Hood’s narrator grew up during the time of the war and had to come to face mature situations such as losing friends and band mates while fighting in the war. The protagonist in “The Hockey Sweater” was faced with discrimination and the last character watched his father murder his cat. While a childhood is certainly a time that is more filled with innocence, it is not completely free of honest reality.