True Maturity In James Joyce's Araby

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What is True Maturity? Some believe maturity is solely caused by age, while others say it has to do with personality. An example of this is when adults are immature and kids are highly mature. True maturity has more to deal with a person’s personality and how they treat others or situations. Hardships can help reveal a person’s true maturity. Someone who is truly mature faces harsh realities, overcomes hardships ,and fights against conformity. Being truly mature means that someone can face harsh realities in the real world. Most people mature when they lose their innocence and are able to cope with corrupt people and situations. In James Joyce’s short story Araby, the main character has to face corruption and disillusionment. The main character …show more content…
When he goes to the Bazaar, a type of market in a Middle Eastern country, he experiences a revelation about the real world. The main character is defeated as he walks out, he felt like “a creature driven and derided by vanity; and [his] eyes burned with anguish and anger” (Joyce 5). The main character has a world of emotions when he finally experiences the real world, and is able to see how he has been mislead by these emotions. He becomes mature because he is able to realize and handle the harsh truths. In Jeffrey Kluger’s article, In Praise of the Ordinary Child, he discusses the topic of parents feeding their children false hope about the future. Kluger begins his article by criticizing parent’s beliefs of their children calling them “ not very special- as in, they’re ordinary, average, unremarkable”(Kluger 1). This is relevant to someone’s maturity because the parents are acting immature by feeding …show more content…
In Ayn Rand’s story Anthem, the main character Equality 7-2521 fights against his society so he can create and engineer a better way of living. In a futuristic world where nothing happens by choice and everything is planned out, Equality fights to make his own decisions and follows his dream of being a scholar. Equality believes that he will be understood and forgiven for his crimes when he shows the Council of Scholars his invention. The council hates it and screams “‘It must be destroyed!’” (Rand 27). Equality reacts by “[leaping] to the table. [Seizing the] box, [shoving] them aside, and [running] to the window” (Rand 27). He rebels against his society and all it stands for by running away. By rebelling against the council of scholars, Equality is showing a sense of maturity. He is being mature because standing up for one’s self means that they have to think outside of what society deems normal and act on what they believe is right. Equality is mature by standing up against his society and creating his own path to a better life. Another main character that stands up against society for what they believe in is Antigone. In Sophocles play Antigone, the main character fights against a ruler for what she believes in. Antigone is trying to help defend one of her dead brothers who the king declared a traitor and does not get a proper burial. Antigone does not agree with this, thinking

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