Lullabies For Little Criminals Thesis Statements

 

"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing theway the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson

Feminism has been an issue in our society for a very long period of time and has been shown in movies, the media and novels. The novel “Lullabies for Little Criminals” by Heather O’Neil demonstrates an extreme case of feminism as the protagonist is shown to be manipulated by men as a way to survive in the current society. This reliance on men has a huge psychological effect on Baby and turns her towards the use of drugs, sexual acts and prostitution rings at a very young age. These acts make the protagonist look weak minded and a less important part of our society. Baby becomes very quickly involved into prostitution at a very young age, as prostitutionis looked at as a means for easy money with very little effort. Baby first hears about prostitution when her cousin explains to her that “Its easy. she made two hundred dollars in one night” (O’Neil 16). The young and unexperienced mind of Baby did not see a problem with sex for money and this got the best of her. Slowly through the novel the innocent mind of Baby who wasvery self sufficient soon requires someone else in her life to guide her. Prostitution is used as a way to make the female look very weak and helpless in the novel. The use of prostitution in the novel helps to contrast the theme of weakness and strength. Where the men have all the power and the women use their weakness as a way to survive in the current society. A study explains that teenagers “cope with the trauma of sexual abuse and the stress of prostitution, by turning to

Loss of Innocence in Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

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Young adults are losing their childhood innocence; replacing it with the world of adulthood. The most reoccurring theme throughout the book, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill is the loss of innocence. The protagonist named Baby, lives with her father, Jules who is a heroin addict. Jules and Baby are constantly moving to different apartments in Montreal, where Baby is exposed to drugs, juvenile detention and forced into prostitution by her pimp. Baby experiences many obstacles in her life at the age of thirteen because she doesn’t have a father that loves her enough to guide her into the right path of life. Therefore it did not take long for Baby to lose her innocence. In society, many kids are exposed to drugs at a very…show more content…

Young adults are losing their childhood innocence; replacing it with the world of adulthood. The most reoccurring theme throughout the book, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill is the loss of innocence. The protagonist named Baby, lives with her father, Jules who is a heroin addict. Jules and Baby are constantly moving to different apartments in Montreal, where Baby is exposed to drugs, juvenile detention and forced into prostitution by her pimp. Baby experiences many obstacles in her life at the age of thirteen because she doesn’t have a father that loves her enough to guide her into the right path of life. Therefore it did not take long for Baby to lose her innocence. In society, many kids are exposed to drugs at a very young age such as Baby. Since Baby’s father is a heroin addiction, she would always experience Jules under the influence of drugs. Jules influenced Baby the most by exposing her to drugs which made her lose her childhood innocence. “I was very firm on the idea that I would become a drug addict too now. I didn’t care what drug I was going to be addicted too” (O’ Neill 72). Baby does not have any knowledge about drugs. She believes that her knowledge of drugs comes from her father and her father’s friends; majority of them were “junkies”. Jules’ addiction eventually got worse and he began to release his problems by abusing Baby; the relationship between her father and her becomes more distant. She feels that if she tries heroin, she will be

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