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…
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…
Character Development of Harry Potter in books 1-4
Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, The Chosen One, is a boy of many names and traits. He is the protagonist and namesake of J.K. Rowlings’ seven-book series. In each book, Harry faces trials that he must surpass, forcing him to make difficult decisions that go far beyond those a typical teenager would face. In the first four books of the series, Harry’s life is put in danger many times but he somehow…
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…
Character – how s/he develops as a result of the context changes (the plot)
Strengths and Flaws
Bordwell &Thompson Film Art
Plot: The presented events seen/heard in edited order
Story: All that we see and hear and infer based on chronological order
The course of events (plot) alters the character beliefs and behavior
Story is character development or how the protagonist changes from beginning…
building a person's character, be it affecting their actions, their words, regardless of whether it is right or wrong. This emotional quality, of which can motivate one to success as well as to downfall, had played an important role in countless works of literature. As for the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, fear was the main motivating factor in influencing the actions and reactions towards the witches' prophecies of Macbeth, in addition to of Lady Macbeth. Seen through the development of the plotline…
conjunction with each other, prove to hold similar ideas and values, despite the differing contexts and form. Both texts similarly explore the value of being an individual in society, the significance of reading, and the importance of character growth and development. Similarly both explore these ideas through the use of form, didacticism and irony, expressed either implicitly or explicitly within the contrasting text types, novel versus non-fiction text. It is then through the comparative study that…
2. Analyze how plot developments produce internal conflicts and psychological dilemmas for characters and explain how plot developments reflect social, cultural, and historical conflicts.
3. Analyze the different roles and functions that characters play in a narrative (e.g., antagonist, protagonist, foil, tragic hero).
4. Analyze how relationships among character actions, dialogue, physical attributes, thoughts, feelings, and other characters portray nuances of complex…
they both are tragedies in their own right as they both a bid by Aristotle's definition of a tragedy. Both plays display the collapse of a character who is not entirely good nor a entirely evil, but a combination of the two. This character, the tragic hero, also undergoes a tragic flaw, which ultimately leads to their death. The development of this character causes the audience to feel pity, fear and remorse towards them. Also, both plays have all elements that signify a Greek tragedy: anagnorisis…
is standing up for Abigail while not knowing what to do. She keeps going back and forth on her decision of whether or not to stand up for Abigail, or tell the truth. Arthur Miller develops fear through character development and conflict throughout his play The Crucible.
Abigail is a static character and always had been very sneaky. She started out as a calm person, but then became physco when John put down his foot. While she has started the whole witch craft and everyone believes her about seeing…