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This ignorance of the ways of capitalist society and its mechanisms of persuasion and trickery exemplify the innocence of Jurgis and his family. The family, in this way, is an archetype of innocence. An archetype is a character that represents common themes in culture. The loss of innocence archetype is most commonly associated with the story of Adam and Eve from the Hebrew Bible. These characters come into the world without understanding the way in which the culture around them has devolved into a “sinful” world that seeks to take advantage of them. The result is that such archetypes lose their naïve understandings of the world by going through extreme hardships. Often the loss of innocence involves death.