Review Of ' Coming Of Age '

1372 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 6 Pages
Grace Liang
Palshaw
English I Honors
25 September 2014

Coming of age is a recurring theme that is universally known throughout many different pieces of literature. Whether it’s influenced on true experiences, childhood memories, or even based on one’s current juvenile reality, many of theses works have a correlation between them that include many similar ordeals and struggles that the character goes through in order to metamorphosize into taking their first step out of childhood. One prominent theme that often appears is how one goes through and experiences what life is really like-- in other words, being exposed to a time of tribulation and other walls that stand in one’s path. Additionally, another theme that is how they lose something, impacting them as a whole. Lastly, these two combined points finally lead to one’s metamorphosis out of childhood.
To start, the exposure to different ordeals is one of the largest kickstarters to accelerate coming of age. For example, in the novel “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, the main protagonist Ponyboy, faces each day with an unknowing uncertainty of being harassed or possibly “jumped” by the “Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids.” During one’s coming of age, exterior looks matter. Ponyboy identifies himself as a greaser-- often stereotyped as a hood, a menace to society. “The Outsiders”, from the beginning to the end, is centered on the gang rivalry between the underprivileged Greasers from the east side of town and…

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