Amy Dillard: The Innocence Of Evil

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“The trick of reason is to get the imagination to seize the actual world,” Dillard states when describing the time period in which she began to outgrow many of her childhood fantasies. Dillard accounts that when she five, “growing up in Pittsburgh in 1950, I would not go to bed willingly because something came into my room.” However, Dillard kept her fear a private matter and refrained from involving her two year-old Amy, because, “she was innocent of evil.” Dillard goes into further detail about Amy, describing the innocence she displays while asleep as “charming”, “pleasant” and “serene.” Shortly thereafter, Dillard comes to the realization that the innocence Amy possesses protects her from fear. She later states that the innocence Amy has,
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