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Sophistication an intriguing story by Sherwood Anderson is written about George Willard and his lonely journey into manhood He is a small town boy from Ohio who is discouraged by the lack of direction in his life When he reached the age of 18 he began to see himself as just another soul to live and die Willard realizes that unless he does something to change the course that his life is taking he will never be a great man in anyones eyes More than anything else he needs someone to know what he was going through and understand how he felt There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life Perhaps that is the moment when he crossed the line into manhood I think this one sentence is the essence of what Anderson is trying to communicate throughout the story As George Willard looks at his meaningless life and his bleak surroundings fresh ideas new ambitions oppressing sorrows and lonely thoughts play with his mind trying desperately to overcome him He likens the transition into sophistication to a deep mood that takes over It sweeps over his whole being and completely encompasses all of his thoughts and actions George Willard realizes and aches over the time limitations placed on his ambition He knows death is inevitable and he is taunted by its gloomy calling He intends to journey to a major city and get a job at a newspaper He hopes that his feelings of immaturity will be erased by his importance there Although it isnt much it is vital to him that he finds something to be remembered and admired for George Willard has an intense craving to be different than other men He wants to amount to something more than every other small town farmers son He has a need to prove himself to everyone so that he
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