Coming-of-Age in “What’s Bred in the Bone,” “War,” “The Jade Peony,” and “Drummer”

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Coming-of-Age in “What’s Bred in the Bone,” “War,” “The Jade Peony,” and “Drummer”
The term coming-of-age may be defined more accurately as: innocence lost. The reason being, the progress of time – the coming-of-age – introduces the individual into the world of experience. Previous to this, the world and its actions could only be imagined – as something envisioned but not yet confirmed by reality. However, with the addition of experience, the imagination is changed forever: no longer is the imagination able to freely operate; it is, instead, cursed with the knowledge of experience. After this point, whatever is imagined will be checked by that knowledge of what must be. And it is this knowledge of experience that universalizes an...
The end:
..... realizes that a moment in the past triggered an important change in their life. The third category was experience. Experience is universal because to live is to gain experience: each day builds upon the last, imparting lessons both wanted and unwanted. But what makes experience unique is its separation from the imagination. The past two categories were based, in a large way, on the power of the imagination. The problem with imagination is that it is limitless without the counter-weight of experience. One must learn to imagine realistically – and only experience may teach this. These three factors suggest that the coming-of-age moment is nothing but universal.
Works Cited
When We Were Young. Ed. Stuart McLean. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2008.