House On Mango Street And Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Coming of age is defined as the transition from one’s youth to his or her adulthood. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding all explore this concept. Romeo and Juliet is a story about two star-crossed lovers in the depths of forbidden love despite an ancient family feud. House on Mango Street is a series of vignettes about a young Latina girl’s life growing up in Chicago. Lastly, Lord of the Flies is about a group of abandoned children who work to survive on a deserted island. Each of these stories provides details as to what characteristics define a mature individual, and they also show the various processes to achieve this maturity. The death of innocence is one of the significant characteristics displayed by people who come of age. In House on Mango Street, when Esperanza is playing in the monkey gardens, she says,”Who was it that said I was getting too old to play the games? Who was it I didn't listen to? I only remember that when the others ran, I wanted to run too, up and down and through the monkey garden, fast as the boys, not like Sally who screamed if she got her stockings muddy” (Cisneros 96). Esperanza, who was a playful young girl at the start of the story, is now questioning her innocence. Not only does this show growth within Esperanza, but it also proves that the death of innocence links with coming of age. In The Lord of the Flies, when Ralph met the naval officer, the

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