Violence Breeds Adulthood Throughout The World

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Violence Breeds Adulthood In the time as which my parents grew up the world was very different. They played outside at all hours of the night and they got into more trouble with each other and less with the law. Growing up I had always heard my dad’s stories of wandering around the small town with his friends getting into fights and meeting girls. Somehow now day’s things have changed but remain the same. For instance, we often act like boys fighting at a young age is just stupid or even “childish” but to a boy these fights are often almost something he will need to for the rest of his life it is almost as the fights begin to shape a boy physically and mentally. Fights prepare him for the physical struggles he may later face. If a man…show more content…
Men typically are greasy when they have low income or live near a ghetto or suburb often meaning they have learned the harsh reality of the streets such as bare knuckle brawling or drugs and drinking something. These boys have low experience with giving him the edge. Then, Boyle writes, “I came at him like a kamikaze, mindless, raging… I came at him and brought the tire iron down across his ear” (572) The boys were in a situation of oppressing odds. They tried their hardest to fight back but part of being a man is to adapt to new situations, the boy’s primal instincts took over. Boyle uses the term kamikaze and mindless because to throw yourself at something without fear or worry of death is to become strong mentally in the fact that you may die or wind up in jail. The boy was forced to adapt to his situation and used a tire iron knowing his fist would be worthless adapting this and surviving as he feared for his life. The tire is most likely used in this story because tire irons represent change and replacing the old with the new for example the boy is losing his childhood and overcoming this to become a man. The boy learns the reality of violence and death. Boyle states, “In one of those nasty little epiphanies for which we are prepared by films and TV and childhood visits to the funeral home to ponder the shrunken painted forms of dead grandparents” (573). The boy may have been prepped since childhood to understand death but nothing could compare to the true
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