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

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Coming of age can be 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 in different ways. Romeo and Juliet are about two star-crossed lovers in the depths of forbidden love despite an ancient family feud. House on Mango Street is about Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl, and her life growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. 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 major 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 defined as a playful young girl at the start of the story, is now questioning her own innocence. Not only does this show growth within Esperanza, it also proves that the death of innocence is linked with coming of age. In The Lord

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