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Anti Weed Commercial - YouTube

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In this commercial, the teen girl shown is under the influence of the common drug called marijuana. Due to the drug's effect, she is able to see her dog talk to her about his feelings on the matter. Her best friend tells her about how she is not the same person when under the influence and leaves the room. The girl's reaction to the matter is one of confusion but also realization in the matter. With her choices come the pain in the hearts of her friends. With this realization, her mind opens to her moral imperfection. she hurt her friends because of her choices and now must choose to live whether or not she lives with that choice. With this responsibility comes a loss of innocence.

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Ed Sheeran - The A Team [Official Music Video] - YouTube

Official video for Ed Sheeran's "The A Team"

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The song “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran is about drug addiction..."white lips, pale face, breathing in snowflakes" she’s homeless in the cold because of her addiction. "Burnt lungs sour taste" describes the feel when she smokes the drugs. "Shes in the class A Team" means she’s at the top when it comes to drugs..."stuck in her day dream" she’s stuck in a daydream that drugs rule her. "But lately her face seems slowly sinking, wasting crumbling like pastries" describes her appearance as unhealthy. In the video clip you can see how her addiction takes over her, and she eventually dies because of it. This video and song represents the fall because it shows an individual going from a pure and natural state, to an impure and unnatural state. In this case, drugs are the impure substance that is altering her body and bringing her to a lower state of being.

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A Controversial Fictional Text: Adam and Eve

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The story of "Adam and Eve", from the book of Genesis, tells the story of mankind's creation. Thus being a creation story, the tale is very influential from the common known archetypes, especially the archetype of "The Fall." The first human, Adam, is introduced to what is known as the paradise named "The Garden of Eden" made by God during the seven days in which he created life. God's ruling in this paradise was that Adam could eat the fruit from any tree, but he must not eat the fruit from "the tree of knowledge" for it would reveal both good and evil. God eventually saw that Adam needed a helper to tend the Garden and that helper became the first woman, Eve. The story depicts that they were both naked and felt no shame in being so. When evil emerges, it takes the form of the Snake, a smart and "crafty" creature resembling the greatest evil, Lucifer, or better known as The Devil. The snake tricks Eve into eating the fruit of knowledge and soon after Adam does as well which triggers "The Fall". Their eyes open to the truth and they now know the concept of "naked" and proceed to wear fig leaves, covering themselves. The loss of innocence is heavily present here seeing as the man and woman who previously found no shame in being naked are now covering themselves with fig leaves. They see a new concept that expands their knowledge and is deemed undesirable.  They even hide from God because they were naked. God exiles the two from the garden of Eden because of disobedience and seals the paradise away so no one may enter.

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Alex Pena's comment, March 20, 2014 10:22 PM
Is the transition from ignorance to awareness and understanding truly a fall to a lesser state? Couldn't it be seen as an awakening from an ignorant sleep to an alert life of wisdom and understanding?
Alex Pena's comment, March 20, 2014 10:26 PM
^Alex
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The Fall of Toddlers In Tiaras!!!!

The Fall of Toddlers In Tiaras!!!! | Archetypes | Scoop.it
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This picture is from the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras. The series follows the families of contestants in child beauty pageants. Most of the little girls on the show wear hair extensions, grown-up cosmetics, and thousand-dollar outfits, as shown in the picture. This shows as a society, are we robbing children of the innocence of childhood in favor of pushing adult practices. No child should be judged on how they look at such a young age because it will only get worse as they approach adolescence. Competitions like these teach children to judge success based on physical beauty, professional charm, and changing bodies. Although the uniqueness of each child should be celebrated, developing a princess mentality in a child will create future problems. This picture represents loss of innocence because it showcases a little girl, acting like a teenager or older woman.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Loss of Innocence

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Loss of Innocence | Archetypes | Scoop.it
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A quick analysis of "Alice in Wonderland" explains the loss of innocence in this children's novel. With age comes not only mental but physical changes. Alice has to switch between many different sizes to achieve her goal in Wonderland. When Alice changes between her different sizes, she feels discomfort and sadness during these times as she "struggles to maintain a comfortable physical size". These changes mirror the process of puberty. With Alice's  discomfort in these changes, a form of defilement is seen as well as a loss of innocence, two defining characteristics of "The Fall."

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Danny, Dillon, Greg's comment, March 17, 2014 1:19 PM
Is the transition to puberty truly a fall to a lower state or and improvement to a better version of ourselves? ~Danny
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JSTOR Article: Archetype of the Fall

JSTOR Article: Archetype of the Fall | Archetypes | Scoop.it
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In the article, “The Archetype of The Fall,” Charles Woodard concentrates on the image itself, as it occurs and reoccurs in myth and literature. He also goes on to talk about the origin of the image, which he feels many archetypal criticisms fail to do. He states that Man’s early experiences are particularly likely to perpetrate themselves into a sometimes distorted myth. An example of a myth he uses is Prometheus. This features the fall of man because in the myth Zeus had Hephaestus create a mortal of stunning beauty. The gods gave the mortal many gifts of wealth. He then had Hermes give the mortal a deceptive heart and a lying tongue. This creation was Pandora, the first woman. A final gift was a jar which Pandora was forbidden to open. Pandora's curiosity about the jar that she was forbidden to open became intolerable to her. She opened the jar and out flew all manner of evils, sorrows, plagues, and misfortunes. This myth represents the fall because it involves defilement and also moral imperfection.

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