i've got the cure for you


Lyca
February 28, 2008, 9:00 am
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I didn’t realize just how much practicality there was in writing my extended essay on William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. It wasn’t until I encountered my own problems and using a more objective observation were all the parallels revealed to me. As a kid, we grow up in a sheltered world that our parents provide and try to live the life that they guide us through. Lyca, from The Little Girl Lost, wants to all asleep around a lion which, according to the parents, is malicious and will eat her alive. But Lyca shows how sometimes we should just rely on our instincts and trust what we believe and rather what our parents say. Her parents asks how she can even sleep if she is in danger.

Right after, they question if she would sleep if they were crying for her safety. Finally, her parents want to force her to stay awake. Lyca can pretty much represent us, teenagers, begging our parents to give us more trust and independece. It’s clear that as Lyca’s parents are finding reasons to prevent her from sleeping, they become progressively more selfish. And this is one of things I notice in parents when they come up with irrational justifications to stop us from doing something they don’t approve. What is more ridiculous are people that appear to be “Christians” and use Christianity as an excuse to shift their blame onto another scapegoat. It is quite unfortunate for children to see this embedded in their own parents and to begin to accept it is perhaps their own fault. It is frustrating to see parents using a child’s innocence as an advantage, for instance, Lyca who was filled with the childhood happiness, and her parents took it away from her because they cannot stand seeing such innocence that they may have lacked. Because we are not “experienced” and have a small range of knowledge, we are vulnerable to accepting the illegitimate reasons we get from our parents. There isn’t a written solution to these situations but it definitely helped further reveal just how the perfect family is really none other than an illusion.


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