Differences Between Men And Women And Their Journey 's Through Adolescence

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Undeniably there are differences between men and women and their journey’s through adolescence. The extent of these differences, but also their similarities, can be seen in the novels My Brilliant Career and Catcher in the Rye. Social and gender factors do not influence Horton as they do Sybylla who must struggle against both to achieve her dreams. Horton however, must deal with the pressures to achieve and to mature, developing a fear of reality and what the future consists for him. A fear both the protagonists share is a fear of intimacy with the opposite sex and the consequences of such relationships hold. In such a confusing reality, siblings play the part of confidants for both protagonists.
The characters find their journey through adolescence challenged with social factors. However, it is only Sybylla who is limited simply by her gender. At a young age, her behaviour is considered inappropriate for a female but she remains untroubled by the ‘curse of her sex’ as her father protects her from the social factors at a young age. Unfortunately, this puts her at a disadvantage when she enters society when she goes to live with her grandmother. It becomes more evident in a social sense when she is courting and seen standing upon a suitor’s back, that the freedoms Sybylla had been allowed at a young age are not permittable for a young woman. The ‘curse’ extends to a constant critique and analysis of her behaviour and if considered ‘immodest’ she is labelled a ‘hussy’, a…

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