Coming of Age Coming of age is a theme that occurs throughout many books. Every character in any book changes over time. It isn’t always a dramatic change, but the character often isn’t the same person that they started as. Childhood is filled with innocence and fun. There also are hardly any responsibilities for a child, which allows children to not be stressed and worried constantly. Once you hit adulthood though, things can change a lot. One starts to take on a lot more responsibility and that can be overwhelming for some. Books are a good way of showing how everyone is different, and everyone has their own way of growing up at different ages. The novels The Catcher in the Rye, Jacob Have I Loved, True Grit, and The Chocolate War are all coming of age novels, and each of the characters in these novels have their own way of coming of age. To start, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger features a character named Holden Caulfield who matures quite a bit throughout the story. Holden is a very troubled teenager who has a hard time with the idea of growing up. He often feels adults are corrupt, and tries to help children so that they don’t need to enter adulthood and loose their innocence. He is seen as quite immature in the beginning since he can’t seem to stay at one school for very long. He fails and skips classes and acts as if it is no big deal. Even being expelled doesn’t seem to phase him one bit. Pencey Prep was the last school he left. While he was there though, he became the equipment manager for the fencing team, but lost all the equipment so they weren’t able to compete. That act just shows how irresponsible he really is. After being expelled from Pencey, he wanders and calls anyone he can think of besides his own parents. Holden is constantly calling people phonies, and he doesn’t want to become a phony which he thinks will happen if he continues attending a corrupt school. Plus Holden thinks children are perfect and completely innocent, so if anything goes wrong he will make up an excuse for them. The title of the book comes from something Holden imagines which is that he is the catcher who will save children from falling off the cliff into adulthood. Eventually though, Holden’s views toward growing up start to change. He was going to visit a museum he often visited as a child, but at the last minute he decided he was too old for it. He starts to grow up one step at a time. Holden then decides to not ride the carrousel with his little sister Phoebe, but instead just watches her. Holden realizes Phoebe must make mistakes and learn things on her own, and that he can’t always protect her. Holden finally realizes that he must grow up and mature to continue on in life. Secondly, Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson involves a character many children can relate to. Many of those with siblings know what it is like to be the favorite child or not the favored child. In this story, Caroline is favorited while Louise is stuck on the sidelines. Louise is very immature and struggles with self purpose. No one is really fully grown up until they have accepted themselves for who they are and made the best of it. Louise may not be favorited, but it seems a lot worse than it actually is since that is her mind set. No matter what happens Louise will seem left out since she can’t imagine anything else. Louise worked hard while her sister was sent off to music lessons. Louise views that as Caroline being favorited, but really their parent’s just thought Louise was happy with how things were. Louise doesn’t believe in herself, and believes no one is on her side. Even her best friend liked her sister more and even ended up marrying her. Louise felt down and alone, but eventually started to mature and realized she didn’t need to be stuck on the island forever. Her parents sent her to midwifery school, and she continued on to medical school from there. Things were looking up, and Louise started to accept herself more and…
Character development is not something that can be gained or developed over night. Character development is the multiple life skills that an person builds within themselves throughout their life’s.
When a person develops good character at a young age of their life, they will benefit in the long run because they used the life skills they gained and put them to use, becoming a successful person in all aspects of life.
There is one thing for sure in this world, everyone wants to reach their…
a stock character, a caricature of a social climber in a comedy of manners” Explore her dramatic function and contribution to the comedy within play
A stock character is a character, which is a character quickly, recognised and accepted by the reader or viewer and requiring no development by the writer. Also a caricature is a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic effect. These two words fit Beverly quite well; she is the main character of this…
My best friend’s name is Eryn. She was born in Spokane, Washington and still currently lives there. We met while we were attending Cooper Elementary, in the 2nd grade, we both competed in a coloring contest and have been best friends since. I have known her for 10 years now.
Eryn has long brown hair, brown eyes, she's 5 feet 8 inches tall and has dimples, shes moderately tan all year long because she is of mexican descent. Her every day outfit usually consists of sweatshirts…
Joao Felipe Costa
English 110 AA
Character Development Concepts
“A Rose For Emily”
Protagonist: Emily Grierson
Antagonist: Mr. Grierson (Emily’s father) / Homer Barron
In the short story “ A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner, the protagonist, Emily Grierson is a round character for being multi-dimensional as she is described with several recognizable complex character traits. Emily is introduced as a southern in her thirties who lives with her father, Mr. Grierson in the…
the scene of the winding streets of Victorian London.
Dickens uses the first stave to establish the main characters through
vivid descriptions and introduce us to the novel and how it unfolds.
The opening scene is vital to intrigue the reader into the novel.
Dickens uses the advantage that the story has a moral ending to get
the reader involved in the novel.
Dickens describes the character of Scrooge as a 'covetous old sinner-
tight fisted.' In stave one Scrooge is met with the demise of his…
One of the many talents of the playwright William Shakespeare was that he broke the limiting mold of the one-dimensional character by representing characters in all of their human complexity. Hamlet, for example, is a compelling character because he is complicated. As Hamlet himself observes early in the play in one of the important quotes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, “ ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak…/nor customary suits of solemn black,/Nor…forced breath/No, nor the fruitful river in the eye…
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
I think that in this quote Helen is saying that if you want to build character, then it won’t happen by standing around and watching everything around you happen. But instead to take action and be ready to fail and succeed in your life experiences that define who you are. I agree with her because in order to show…
There are many important parts to putting together a play but the characters are one of the most important parts you couldn’t have a play without them. A character is a person or animal that is made up for a narrative arts for example: novel,play,film or television series. The word character comes from the ancient greek word kharaktêr meaning character in english. In literature characters guide readers through the story to help them understand the plot and themes…
February 6, 2011
Character Analysis of The Merchant of Venice
What is character? Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual and can be determined from what a person says, does or what others think of him or her. In the play The Merchant of Venice Antonio’s generosity, caring attitude and cruelty to Jew’s, Bassanio’s friendliness and good reputation, Portia’s thoughtfulness and Shylock’s manipulative nature along with generosity are understood…
major characters that assist in embodying an idea. The play tracks the development of Reverend Hale allowing readers to understand the flawed and unwavering theocratic and authoritative governing system evident in Salem. Hale develops throughout the play, changing from an incredibly naïve and authoritative character who the readers have an aversion towards to a virtuous and righteous man who is respected for his actions by the readers. In this way, Miller is effective in developing the character of…