A & P, By Charles Baxter, And Doe Season Essay

824 Words Oct 10th, 2016 4 Pages
“We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves” ~ May Lamberton Becker. Growing up is ia full of hard, uncomfortable decisions and moments, we all have to grow up and change. “A&P” by John Updike; “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter; and “Doe Season” by David Kaplan are all coming-of-age stories where each main character learns about themselves and life in general and taken together tell us that life is all about the choices we make, and the effects of those choices. In “A&P”, Sammy is a 19-year -old, opinionated young man who decides to take a stand against his manager and defend Queenie. He is motivated by his curiosity her mien invokes in him, and because he feels apathetic about his position. Chic, avant-garde, and affluent, Queenie is a young woman shopping for one item for her mother. A similar incident happened in “Gryphon”, when nine-year old, fourth grader Tommy decides to champion Miss Ferenczi. He is motivated by his ennui. Miss Ferenczi is extraordinary, a substitute teacher who jolted Wayne, another student in the class, with her stygian tarot card reading that said Wayne would die “That one? That one means you will die soon, my dear.” (130). In “Doe Season”, 9-year-old Andy, a tomboy who is confounded by the idea of growing into a woman like her mother. She is motivated by wanting to be just as good as the boys and tries to fit in by acting like a puerile boy, and tagging along until she discovers that boy’s…

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