From Childhood to Adulthood in The Taste of Melon by Borden Deal

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In everyone’s life, there comes a time where they have to make their own decisions. In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat tells Alice, the protagonist: “that depends…on where [she] want to get to” when Alice asks: “where way [she] ought to go” (Carroll 62). Alice learns about growing up and making decisions that impact her future throughout the story, similar to the central character in “The Taste of Melon” by Borden Deal. The protagonist initially undergoes a journey from doing unrealistic tasks to someone who thinks critically before they act. The main character begins to have a realistic outlook on the world after he steals Mr. Wills’ seed melon with the thought that crime is widely accepted. The …show more content…
After the protagonist steals the melon, he begins to change his view. After the melon was stolen and the main character is lying in his bed, he begins reflect on his actions earlier that day. He thinks about what his friends have told him and what he has done. “[He does not] know all the things [he] thought [of] that night, mostly about the terrible things [he] committed so lightly, out of pride”, the protagonist admits after stealing the melon (138). The main character reflects on what he has done that day and the motives behind his actions. The protagonist finally begins to realize the impact of what he has done and beings to create a plan to apologize to Mr. Wills. The main character demonstrates the quality of a mature, responsible character because he begins to takes responsibility for his actions. After reflecting on what his actions have done, the protagonist accepts the fact that he committed a wrongdoing and realizes its complete impact on Mr. Wills. The protagonist thought “[that] [t]he worst of it all, that [he did] it so lightly, with little thought of its meaning” as he lay in bed reflecting (138). The main character is able to realize his mistakes and work towards finding a better solution. His actions teach him an invaluable lesson of watching his own actions and thinking in a logical manner. The protagonist is now able to accept and repair his mistakes. Being able to

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