November 10, 2011
Coming Of Age
A common universal theme in literature is coming of age. Coming of age is a transition from childhood to adulthood. Coming of age can be about life lessons or becoming mature. Usually the protagonist is from sixteen years of age to twenty-one years of age. Two characters who learn important lessons in life are Joe Wentworth and Cookie.
First, in A Prayer for Owen Meany Joe Wentworth learns two valuable lessons. He learns how to forgive and that everything happens for a reason. His mom gets killed because a baseball hits her in the head. He was living with his grandmother. In addition he started looking for his real dad. With the help of his best friend he is able to find him. He forgives his real dad but does not want a relationship. Everything happens for a reason because if his mom had never died he probably would have never found out that his real father was Reverend Russell.
Likewise, in Stop Pretending Cookie learns who her real friends are and learns to accept her sister. She learned to accept her sister for who she are because her sister starts changing. She is diagnosed with a mental illness. She is bipolar. She do not know how to accept her but she had to. In addition she learned who her real friends are. The friends she had talked about her and her sister behind her back. They stopped talking to her and walking with her. One of her friends meet her sister and was very calm about it.
A common universal theme in literature is coming of age. Coming of age is a transition from childhood to adulthood. Coming of age could be a life lesson or becoming mature. Usually the protagonist is from sixteen year of age to twenty-one. As stated before Joe Wentworth in A Prayer for Owen Meany and Cookie in Stop Pretending are very good examples of coming of age. The protagonist in both novels learns life lessons.