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Grolier Encyclopedia) Such passage rites symbolize death of the child and rebirth as a man, as well as male envy of females. Versions in modern Western society includes religious, confirmation, fraternity initiation, and military training. In addition to the different ways that culture celebrates the coming of age it is also one of the worlds most popular and beloved themes in literature. “The Circus” is a touching story about a man’s kindness and how the realization of this played an important part of his son’s coming age. In Dan Clark’s “The Circus” , it is obvious how this young man realizes what being kind really means. Clark states that “We didn’t go to the Circus that night but we didn’t go without.” (1995, pg. 4) quote demonstrates that the young man

realizes that it is more important to be generous than it was to go to the circus. This was the first step of this young man’s transition into the adult life. More often than not, the plot, characters, theme and conflicts in literature deal with the theme coming of age, are very realistic. Yet another story is Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” which is a story about one boy who must survive in the wilderness, with only a hatchet as a weapon. This is a story of courage about how one child was forced to transform into an adult in order to endure the circumstances surrounding him. Brian Robeson was stranded on an island, after his plane crashed down while traveling to see his father. He had no food, now way of communication and only a small hatchet to save his life. Through

terrifying events, “Hatchet” is the story of one man’s struggle to survive. It is obvious how Brian Robeson was forced to “come of age” or “grow up.” He boarded the plan that would change his life forever, as a child, and returned home a grown man. The circumstances Brian was put under after the plane crashed changed his life forever. When he returned home, he looked at things from a different perspective and was not quick to take small things for granted . Lastly, Hugh Maclennan’s story “Explosion” is a story about a young boy named Roddie Wain, who was late for school on the famous morning that Mont Blanc crashed into another ship on the Halifax harbor, causing monstrous destruction. Roddie Wain begins his journey of coming of age on this morning when he is

faced with the continuance of death, screams, and shrieks, surrounding him. Through the days events, this child grows in to a young man through a series of shocking and terrifying events. Near the beginning of the story, Roddie is only a child who was late for school, and knows he is not in trouble due to the tornado that just passed because of the explosion. He is happy that he will not be in trouble. By the end of the story, he wishes he was back in school and in trouble rather than being faced with the horrible sight of death and blood. An the end of the story it is also rather obvious that he is not only saying that he wants to be back in school, he is also saying that he wants to be a child again. Something impossible, after all his has seen and been through. The theme

coming of age is found over and over again in literature, but each time we learn something new. Humankind too comes of age with each new story, facing the universal process of coming of age to repeat itself throughout a lifetime. Furthermore, Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best coming of age stories ever written. It is a sensitive, touching portrayal of a young boy who comes of age through shocking, yet realistic events. Through Harper Lee’s story we see how one boy, Jem Finch, changed from a young child who played make believe, to a young man looking for justice, after an amazingly thrilling summer when a boy was changed into a man. The first summer passed and Jem Finch was ten years old and afraid of old ghost rumours. The second summer passed and

Jem was eleven; he enacted a drama from his imagination in his front yard along with Scout and Dill. Still summertime, and they tormented a man by sticking a note on the end of a fishing pole, trying to persuade the man to come out. Still summertime and Jem, Scout and Dill tormented the man yet again by invading his privacy and trespassing. It was fall, and Jem stood in his front yard as tears of sorrow fell down his face, while Nathan Radley cut of his only communication with Boo Radley. It was winter, and Jem and Scout sat outside, watching as a house burned down and a ghost threw a blanket over Scout. It was winter, and Jem stood prouder than ever, as he watched his father kill an infested, dying dog. It was spring, and Jem raged against an old lady by destroying her roses,