There comes a time in every person’s life when they reach the point where they are no longer a child, but an adult. “coming of age” is not something that usually happens in one exact moment but a gradual experience. In Alice Munro’s “An Ounce of Cure”, the narrator recalls her past as a teenager. During these years, she experiences heart-wrenching situations that no one her age should ever have to experience. Though, this leads to her “crossing the bridge of innocence”. Although “coming of age” is a positive turn, it requires negative experiences to be complete. The narrator endeavors the “coming of age” through her poor relationship choices, depression and irresponsibility.
The narrator’s complicated relationship with her
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While babysitting at the Berrymans alcohol seems to be her escape. “I poured a little whisky from each bottle…I drank it off as quickly as possible” (79). This demonstrates lack of discipline. This situation has allowed the narrator to mature, it allows her to be able to recognize that she was completely responsible for everything that happened that day. Similarity, after Mr. and Mrs. Berryman came home, the narrator realizes why she is unable to hear them at the driveway. “With the noise we were making, they have no doubt heard us as soon as they got out of the car” (80). The narrator experienced the coming of age because she is able to understand her friends and her irresponsibility that night, by realizing that the reason they had not heard the Berrymans was because of the loud noises they were making. Being able to understand one’s own irresponsibility takes a good amount of knowledge and understanding, that a child would not be able to process, demonstrating the narrator is experiencing the “coming of age”.
Relationships, depression and irresponsibility has shaped the way that the narrator experiences “coming of age”. All the events that occurred in her life shape the way she lives today. Her rough relationship taught her how