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The process of finding out who one is can be very turbulent and confusing Through growing up one goes through so many different changes in terms of ones personality and deciding who they are and what they want to be The little girl in David Kaplans Doe Season goes through one of these changes as do many other adolescents confused about who they are and finds out that there are some aspects of a persons identity that cannot be changed no matter how hard heshe tries Andy is a nine-year-old girl who doesnt want to grow up to be a woman When she talks of the sea and how she remembers her mother loving it and how much she hated it is a clue that she prefers to be a boy The sea is symbolic of womanhood and the forest is symbolic of manhood Andy expresses extreme distaste for the sea and a curiosity of the woods She never really admits to liking the woods but the way she refers to it is always as if shes fascinated by it but she doesnt know much about it Therefore she must go hunting as a test to see if she belongs To contrast how she feels about the sea and the forest she refers to the forest as deep and immense while she refers to the sea as huge and empty Andy sees the mans world as a wonderful fascinating world while she sees the womans world as meaningless and emptyAndy sees the changes into a woman on the horizon and she is scared by these changes because they are very confusing to her This is why she trys to do man-type things such as hunting To further confuse her her father supports her striving to be part of the mans world He refers to her as Andy even though her real name is Andrea and takes her with him to do manly things The reader
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