An Analysis of the Coming of Age Struggles of Adolescents


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An Analysis of the Coming of Age Struggles of Adolescents
Morrison's “1922”, Walker's “Everyday Use”, Tan's “Half and Half”
This literary study will analyze the post-modern realism of the coming of age struggles of adolescents in Toni Morrison's “1922”, Alice Walker's “Everyday Use”, and Amy Tan's “Half and Half.” The problems that Sula experiences as an ambitious young woman that must come to terms with the death of a young boy that she accidentally drowns. This is also true of Rose in tan’s story in that she must come to terms with her being responsible for her brother’s death at the beach. Also, Maggie is young adolescent that must come to terms with her sister hatred of her life in poverty, as she learns of the symbolic right of...
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..... them as keepsakes of family history, but Dee is, in fact, ashamed of her family and only wants to taken them from Mama as “keepsakes”. This is one way in which Maggie comes of age via Walker’s realism on family issues, as mama defends the quilts as her right of passage into marriage before Dee can taken them. Much like Sula and Rose, Maggie soon comes to realize the symbolic quilts as a next stage of development in her adolescent struggles.
Works Cited:
Kubitschek, Missy Dehn. Toni Morrison: A Critical Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Vintage, 2004.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Penguin, 2006.
Walker, Alice. In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women. New York: Mariner Books, 2003.