A Separate Peace Coming Of Age Analysis

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A coming of age novel is one that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from a young age to adulthood. As a result, they are often set in the past. In some ways, coming of age novels are similar to rite of passage novels, because they both portray a progression and a new ability to accomplish something that the protagonist couldn’t before. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, is a novel that focuses on young boys who live in a very nice community and they make dumb mistakes just like young boys do, but eventually go to war. The portrayal of the boys maturing eventually leads to their coming of age so that they can ideally be proper soldiers and participate in the war. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, follows sixteen-year-old Holden …show more content…
Candide, by Voltaire, follows the story of a young boy named Candide who embarks on a journey that only the most creative and satirical readers might follow. Candide starts off as a virtually innocent boy who is wooed by a very attractive young girl, and every young man will tell you that a beautiful young woman can make you just about anything with the correct incentives. However, the novel is not presented in the same way as other coming of age stories, others often try to make the reader feel sympathetic, but Candide is filled with snarky, humorous commentary that gives the novel a different tone and resonates a different mood with the audience. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, portrays coming of age through the eyes of a teenager in the 1960’s; and although the opinions were through the eyes of a child in the 60’s, they apply to children of all generations. Underage drinking, smoking, and teenage pregnancy are a very large part of The Outsiders, and the perception of the teenagers is that they are old enough and mature enough to participate in these activities even if they are not …show more content…
They face war, a realization after high school, and limitations that are both mental and physical. Most importantly, there are no parents around to help them through their issues anymore, they are men and have to learn how to deal with their own problems, coming of age, if you will. The Catcher in the Rye is told from the view of Holden Caulfield in a psych ward that he finds himself in after the preluding story. Which in itself informs the reader that he did some growing up. However, this story, again, portrays coming of age in a different way than the others, through a young boy’s

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