Comparison Of Coming Of Age In American History And Marigolds

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What is it like when we grow up? We grow when we are considered “coming of age”. But, what is coming of age? In both, “American History” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “Marigolds” by Eugenia Collier, show how people change through time by what happens. Coming of age is understanding how the world works to which we come of age through the events we face and our responses to them.

Throughout life, we learn how things work and understand that they work in this way. One way we understand is our feelings when we are doing something, just like how Elizabeth felt “Suddenly I was ashamed, and I did not like being ashamed” (34 Collier). Lizabeth was ashamed when they took the rocks and threw them at Miss Lottie’s yard. She felt new emotions that showed