March Essay

Geraldine Brooks
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Perkins is a professor of twentieth-century American and British literature and film. In this essay, she explores the difficult journey from innocence to experience.

In Geraldine Brooks’s Pulitzer Prize-winning March, the title character goes off to war with the best of intentions: to offer aid and comfort to the Union soldiers who are engaged in the good fight for emancipation. John March is certain that he will be able to help in this noble cause and that it ultimately will be successful because its moral imperative cannot be questioned. As he faces the reality of war, however, his faith in humanity and himself is tested. Indeed, March’s journey to war and back again becomes a painful trek from innocence to experience. During the first few months after his enlistment, when his idealistic vision begins to cloud, he admits, “I hope to go back...

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