In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “Young Goodman Brown,” and in the Gospel of Luke, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” the reader is given a glimpse into the journeys of the main characters from each story. Both the Prodigal Son and Goodman Brown leave their families and set off on their own. While on their journey they encounter very different obstacles and people, they eventually make their way back home after events that will change them drastically. However, as similar as the basis of both these short stories are the protagonist in the, “Parable of the Prodigal son,” finds his way back to his family, unlike Goodman Brown in Hawthorne’s short story, who may physically be back with his family but has lost his faith and has been corrupted by the devil. Both stories begin with the main characters leaving their homes.
How Santiago Changes throughout The Alchemist In the book The Alchemist, Santiago, the main character, changes from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. In the beginning of the book Santiago is just a shepherd boy who is looking for a girl but when he learns of his personal legend everything changes. From the beginning of his journey, Santiago has been somewhat practicing alchemy, he just didn’t realize it. While going against what his parents wanted him to do, they still supported him by giving him money. When Santiago has his dream, he pursues it by finding a women who interpreted dreams.
The use of descriptive language in ‘Fog’ by Tim Winton mainly focuses on description of character, although there is some description of landscape “The long grey scope completely transformed by mist” The use of character description is imaginative and insightful in this story. The reader discovers what is going through the mind of Vic Lang’s father. In other stories Winton mentions Lang and the fact he left his family. This is the first time the reader actually gets to ‘see’ into the mind of Lang and the first time they get to read about him first hand. “A rush of heat came to his face.
Golding represents a shift of tone in the novel at the beginning of chapter 5, through the novels’ protagonist, Ralph, the chapter opens with Ralphs questioning of the life he currently knows compared to his previous one, he re-evaluates the situation suggesting his growth in maturity compared to the other boys. He recalls the journeying on the first day; ‘remembering that first enthusiastic exploration as though it were a brighter childhood’ the way Golding displays Ralphs thought process leads us to believe that Ralph has become old before his time, he says ‘remembering’ and ‘childhood’ as if he has grown up too quickly and shed himself of his childhood nature by reminiscing on what used to be his childhood but suggests that he has now outgrown it. Moreover where Ralph thinks of the ‘first enthusiastic exploration’ it is described as being a ‘brighter childhood’ this implies that this life now is not longer bright as his childhood has come to an end. Ralphs newfound maturity and wiser sense, is also shown when he internally thinks of himself as a specialist in thought , Golding writes ‘Ralph was a specialist in thought now and could recognize thought in another’. Ralph is less narrow minded than he used to be, and see’s past piggy’s physical attributes and respects the fact that piggy, however physically impaired he is, is clever, and he acknowledges that and looks beyond himself now.
The experience of moving into the world can challenge individuals attitudes and beliefs. Into the world explores the aspects of growth, transition and change. The novel ' The Story of Tom Brennan' by J.C Burke explores the different ways individuals grow when they are taken out of their comfort zones and venture into new experiences. This concept is also conveyed within the song 'Father and Son' By Cat Stevens and the film 'Dead Poets Society' Directed by Steven Hart. 'The Story of Tom Brennan' follows the lives of the Brennan family after the events of a fatal car accident, which shows how Tom the protagonist struggles to cope with his past.
In the novel of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Siddhartha is called on to the hero’s journey to find enlightment. The novel is about Siddhartha going to the shramanas, the Buddha, samsara, and the river with the ferryman to find the enlightment and find within himself. Like every hero’s journey, he comes across trials and temptations. Before Siddhartha began his journey, he grew up with Brahmins, and already had reached the OM, which is perfection, but within himself, he does not feel that he has reached fully enlightment so that is when his journey begins. He asks his father to leave, but when his father denied him, he silently protested and stood still until his father gave him the permission to become a shramana.
The Road In Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” he shares with us a journey of a young boy and his father in an apocalyptic environment. We do not know much of the man or the boy in the beginning of the book, the very little we do know is that they are looking for the coast. McCarthy uses dialogue to show how the man and the boy are different from other survivors left. McCarthy uses vivid imagery to set the scene in many of the chapters and events taken place. McCarthy uses vivid imagery, metaphors, dialogue and setting the mood really aids to grabbing the audience’s attention and bringing them into the story.
Huck’s Maturity and Immaturity Huck Finn is a story about a young boy who is searching got his own identity. Throughout the book he is going on crazy adventures and doing scandalous things with Tom Sawyer just to figure out who he, himself is. He learns some life lessons in his journey and that’s what helps him find out. Huck goes from being an immature boy at the beginning who is always doing things to cause trouble, to a boy that acts like a mature man at the end, who has a whole new perspective on things. In the beginning there are quite a few things that let the reader know Huck has an immature side to him.
Life Struggles through Emerging Adulthood in Literature Both John Updike’s “A&;P” and James Joyce’s “Araby” bring to light the difficulties young people discover during their journey into adulthood: finding one’s ‘self’ or ‘purpose’ in this ever-changing world. However, while both stories converge around the same theme, “A&P” provides a more worldly, personal, and light- hearted picture of psychologist Jeffrey Arnett’s idea of “emerging adulthood” then “Araby’s” gloomy, dark and distant story line. Both protagonists are young men, although different ages, both are struggling to find themselves while also looking for attention from young women. When dissecting the two protagonist’s struggles in these two works, age is seemingly irrelevant; however, they are brought together under the commonality of being in the same life-stage of “emerging adulthood”. First, the term “emerging adulthood” as described by Arnett in Henig’s article, refers to: …identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between and a rather poetic characteristic he calls “a sense of possibilities”.
Although Lou is mainly considered when talking about characters in A Visit From the Goon Squad, one of the most interesting characters in this novel is Rolph, Lou’s son. Rolph is uniquely used throughout the book as a time mechanism to delve deeper into the past or future throughout the novel. We first encounter Rolph in the chapter Ask Me If I Care. This chapter, which is told in the first person tense through the viewpoint of Rhea, introduces Rolph in an unusual way. He is first seen in the novel after Jocelyn finds a framed picture of Lou and his children, in which Rolph is included.