"Coming of Age" theme in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird
There comes a time is each person's life when they reach the point where they are no
longer children, but adults. The transition from a child into a young adult is often
referred to as the 'coming of age,' or growing up. The time when this transition occurs is
different in everyone, since everyone is an individual and no two people are alike.
Certain children reach this stage through a tragic, painful event which affects them to
such extent that they are completely changed. Other children reach this time by simply
growing older and having a better understanding of the world around them. The coming
of age really is indefinite and cannot be marked in general overview. This stage in life is
one of the most important and most popular themes in literature. The coming of age
theme is found in one of the one of the best coming to age stories that have ever been
written. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is a sensitive touching portrayal of a
young boy who grows up through shocking yet realistic events.
Although many people are only aware of the coming of age theme through
literature and other forms of entertainment, there is also a very realistic part to this event
in a person's life which is often ignored. The coming of age is an event which is often
celebrated in many different cultures, through rituals or ceremonies. The rituals, also
known as passage rites, mark the passing of a person from one stage of life to the next:
birth, infancy, childhood, adulthood, old age, and death. The coming of age is celebrated
along with birth, and death because it is known as a universal life crises. Evoking
anxiety, these crises often elicit passage rites. Arnold Van Gennep stated that 'Passage
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