Finally In To Kill A Mockingbird, The Issue Of Coming Of

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Finally in To Kill a Mockingbird, the issue of coming of age has played a major role all throughout the story. In the beginning of the story, Jem starts out as an innocent, fun loving boy. He is interested in football, trying to get a glimpse of the mysterious Boo Radley who lived next door, and playing with his best friend Dill. As he gets older, he has to deal with the way the town is treating him as well as the teasing and name calling from kids at school because of his father an attorney defended a black man in court that was accused of rape. Since he was black, Atticus and his family were the laughing stock of the community. Jem starts to see life is not what everyone says it is. “It’s like being a caterpillar in a cocoon, that’s…show more content…
One example would be where the traveler comes to fork in the road and has to make a decision to either take the path that everyone takes or the one that is barely used. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— /I took the one less traveled by,/ and that has made all the difference” (Frost). In his mind, Frost begins thinking of the pros and cons of each path. The one path is used regularly, which must mean it is safer and has a better walking path. The other path is very rarely used which could mean it is more dangerous, but it would have a lot more adventure awaiting. Ultimately, Frost decides to travel on the road less taken as a sense of adventure. Sadly, as soon he gets further down the road, Frost begins contemplating whether or not to go back and take the other road. This is a reflection back to his life where he is faced with a problem and has to make a decision. Always wondering what would have been if he had taken the other path. It is also the time when Frost decides to return to the United States. Since this poem has been interpreted by many as a coming of age poem, many speakers at graduations have read this poem to represent the path that those graduating must now choose as a new phase of their life begins. Other critics believe it is not a coming of age poem. Many believe the poem was simply a letter Frost wrote to his friend, and fellow poet, Edward Thomas about time they had spent
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