The Coming Of Age Essay Research Paper

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The Coming Of Age Essay, Research Paper The Coming of Age Childhood is a time where children learn about the world around themselves. They see and experience many factors that influence their everyday lives, which help them grow stronger when they become adults. In Girl by Jamaica Kincaid and The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara the characters within the stories learn valuable lesson with help them grow to become better individuals. In The Lesson the character of Sugar undergoes a realization that society does not treat everyone equally, that not every individual has the same opportunity and equality that they should have. In Girl the main character learns that she must be perceived as a woman and not as a slut, her mother brings to her attention of how the world is and what she

must to do in order to survive in it. Lessons that children learn all help them grow to become better individuals, in Girl and The Lesson the lessons that the characters learn both help them grow to become better and stronger individuals. In The Lesson the character, Sugar undergoes a realization of the world around her, through her teacher Miss Moore, Sugar notices that there is a better way of living in the world besides, her own little world with her friends. Sugar says, You know, Miss Moore, I don t think that all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs, (Bambara 452). Miss Moore is an African American woman who has broken through the expectation that society has placed on her class and on her color. Bambara presents Miss Moore as a very educated and

intelligent woman, who has a college degree. With her knowledge Miss Moore sets out to educate the deprived and lower classed children and teach them of the world around them. She sets out to open their eyes, as well as their knowledge of the world around them. Miss Moore says, Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven. What do you think?, (Bambara 452). Sugar s realization of the world outside of her own, opens her mind to many questions that she never imagined before. She realizes that there is a better standard of living in the world and that society is not equal, as it should be, I think, . . . that this is not much of a democracy if you ask me. Equal chance to pursue happiness

means an equal crack at the dough, don t it?, (Bambara 452). In this quotation Sugar realizes what Miss Moore set out to teach the lower classed and deprived children, her goal was to open their eyes and make them aware of how much more there is out there then making pocket change. What kinda work they do and how they live and how come we ain t in on it? Where we are is who we are, Miss Moore always pointin out. But it don t necessarily have to be that way, she always adds then waits for somebody to say that poor people have to wake up and demand their share of the pie and place, (Bambara 452). With her eyes wide open and with her mind curious and educated, Sugar and her friends realize that in order for them to get some where in life they have to work at it, but not as in

individual but as a whole, a class. The only way for them to make a difference to change societies view of their class and become part of the rest of societies. In Girl Kincaid lists a series of orders from a mother to a daughter in such a way that the characters lives are illuminated and transformed by the mundane household details. The Girl is more of a gender type of a story, but there is also a lesson that needs to be realized by the girl. In this story the mother of this girl is her teacher, she tells her daughter of how the world is around her, just like Miss Moore in The Lesson. The mother in this story tries to make her daughter realize that he needs to be viewed as a woman within society. Who or what the daughter is on the inside can be for herself, but on the outside