Analysis Of ' On The Sidewalk Bleeding '

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Lall 1 A wise woman once said, “There is a time for everything - a time for being born and a time for coming of age. There is a time for death, too.” (Barbara Bel Geddes). Most human beings go through a transition from adolescence to adulthood through an experience that opens one’s mind towards an unfamiliar and new perspective of life. That said, in literature the concept of coming of age is used to engage teenagers by molding and creating characters that he or she can relate to. Correspondingly, Evan Hunter’s “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” introduces the protagonist Andy, who experiences characteristic growth through the coming of age. Throughout Hunter’s story, Andy is put forth to portray the development of transforming from…show more content…
He was not a Royal. He was simply Andy, and he was dead.” (Hunter, 5). Nevertheless, how elated Andy was when he first joined the Royals he realized that the title meant nothing and he obliterated this irrational thought from his mind. He did not want to die a Royal, but as the person who he was, who he wanted to be remembered as; Andy. As Andy continues to reminisce, his mind expands towards the conclusion that “[e]ven in his pain, there had been some sort of pride in knowing he was a Royal. Now there was no pride at all…[He] want[s] to be Andy.” (Hunter, 6). Unquestionably, affiliating with a gang is not a pride-gratifying accomplishment. Hunter demonstrates this growth through the protagonist Andy. Andy now understands the complexity of what the real-life view is of being part of a gang; The Royals. Furthermore, knowledge of the world comes with an understanding between what is ideal versus real. Naturally, adolescents grow out of idealistic thinking. As one enters the real world, he or she understands what is realistic and what is impractical. Hunter portrays idealism versus realism through Andy. During the time that Andy is suffering in the alleyway his mind wonders off to his lover Laura. Thinking about her takes his mind off the pain he is experiencing. The protagonist has an unrealistic view of his future. After all, he is dying, his attitude is that “[s]omeday he would marry her, and they would have [many]

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