I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience awakened me from my naïve view that the lipstick of itself reignited my cousin’s passion for life. (Rather,?)It was the idea that she accepted from that advertisement of Maybeline that gave her inner strength.

I have heard the expression like "awaken me from my dream/ dogmatic dream", but I am not sure whether one can say "awaken from a naive view" or "...from a dogmatism". Is this analogy comprehensible?

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    I would suggest that your naive view is not like sleep, but like ignorance. How about "enlighten" you from a naive view? Or, if it is seen as a misconception, you can say soneone is "disabused" of such a misconception. – Brian Hitchcock Jan 8 '15 at 3:55
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    Complicated expression with a picture that does not fit. You can say it simpler by asking: Is my view naive? – rogermue Jan 8 '15 at 6:06
  • The view that you claim to be awakened from doesn't seem very naive. reignited my cousin's passion for life is a pretty complex interpretation of lipstick. – Barmar Jan 8 '15 at 21:57
  • Can you say that? Definitely, unless you are mute for some reason. Does it convey the meaning you intend? That is much a harder to determine. – Hot Licks Nov 28 '15 at 23:11

Using waken from with view is not necessarily a bad thing. It would coerce the noun view to be taken as a form of slumber or revery. This may be a powerful tool or a clumsy one, depending on how it's handled.

Just remember that there are no real "rules" about writing except one: does it work? If it does, use it; if not, don't.



This experience disabused me of my naïve view...

on for size.


I agree with Robusto; the example you gave is fine, though there might be better ways of saying it. Here's my suggestion:

[It] enlightened me.


It sounds like a flowery expression from someone with an exotic mother-tongue.

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