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There comes a time is each persons 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 Lees 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 persons 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 rituals have three steps separation from society inculcation-transformation and return to society in the new status 1995 Grolier Encyclopedia
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