The Developmental Process Of Adolescence

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In the developmental process of adolescence, there are said to be 12 “labors” in this coming of age experience. Among these are forming a family of friends, separating from childhood, and paying freedom’s price. Growing up in a wartime environment affects the change in adolescents in near drastic measures. You can see these effects with 3 young adults, Ellie Wiessel (author of Night,) Anne Frank (author of The Diary of Anne Frank), and Jeanne Wakutsuki (partial author of Farewell to Manzanar), that complicate their coming of age story. This is due to the added stress and anxiety caused by the war outside their windows, their compromised living conditions with less outside-of-family or positive interactions which speed up and distorted realizations about family and the divine, and the disruption of the natural process of somewhat reckless and wild behavior because of the strict rules and regimens they need to follow. Also, the already amplified self- consciousness is further magnified because of the extraneous situations with cramped living and monotonous situations, along with the survivors guilt. With the ongoing apprehension of the war outside their window, the unease due to the process of maturation only adds to this fear. On October 29, 1943, Anne confides to Kitty, "Outside, you don 't hear a single bird, and a deathly, oppressive silence hangs over the house and clings to me as if it were going to drag me into the deepest regions of the underworld.... I wander from
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