Mary Pipher's 'Saplings In The Storm'

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Adolescence is often a time of great change. During adolescence, children grow up to become adults, both physically and psychologically. One article that explores the change children, particularly girls, during adolescence is Mary Pipher’s “Saplings in the Storm.” In her article, Pipher explores how girls go through adolescence, and its effects on the girl’s mind and way of thinking. Although all people go through adolescence, girls face an even more difficult challenge then boys; therefore, Pipher argues that society must find ways to relieve girls of social pressures that specifically harm girls. One way Pipher urges readers to find ways to relieve girls of social pressures is by using a depressed tone in order to highlight the stressful …show more content…
In the middle of her article, Pipher argues that during adolescence, girls often feel hopeless. She alludes to several fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when she writes, “Young women eat poisoned apples or prick their fingers with poisoned needles and fall asleep for a hundred years” (12-13). Pipher’s allusion demonstrates the events many girls face during adolescence. Like in many fairy tales, young girls were able to enjoy life without witnessing anything severe. However, once adolescence started, everything changed. Many girls experienced life for the first time, just like when Aurora in Sleeping Beauty “pricked her fingers” and Snow White eating “poisoned apples.” As a result, many girls begin to feel hopeless and gloomy, thinking that nothing can stop life and its serious events. Many of them then begin to think of ways to avoid or prevent life, like to “fall asleep for a hundred years.” Pipher used an allusion to urge readers, and society in general, to find ways to relieve pressure off of adolescent girls. The girls’ feelings of hopelessness cannot be removed with basic comforting. Actually steps must be taken. Without proper action, girls will start to take steps to prevent the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, some that warrant attention. Pipher alludes to fairy tales to provide an easier view on what girls might do if they feel