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Loss of Innocence inWhere The Crawdads SingAshleigh CokerLIT 450Dr. Smith
Where The Crawdads Sing: Themes•Identity & Survival:The narrator, Kya,searches for her identity, all while survivingalone after her parents leave her as a child.•Coming Of Age:Delia Owens sets up theprocess of growing up as an accumulation ofexperience and knowledge.•Prejudice & Acceptance:Setting of thenovel is in NC that is divided by not onlyrace, but social class and Kya experiencesthe unfair judgment of others.•Revenge: This becomes the motivatingforce.Delia Owens, AuthorSource
Relationship of Themes to Loss of Innocence•Kya’s, also known as the “Marsh Girl” , search for identity takes her outside of her hiddenmarsh and exposes her to a world of many unknowns. These unknows ultimately lead herexperience many new survival skills.•Kya is forced to grow up fast and become an adult sooner than she should have had to. Withthe growing up, she is experiencing hatred and physical/emotional love for the first time.