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Show how Del matures sexually throughout the novel by referring to three situations Indicate how Del is gradually forming her own set of morals Every individual has to go through a stage in life where he or she matures sexually in a physical and emotional way In the story Lives of Girls and Women the protagonist Del grew up in a somewhat sexually repressed society Her daring and adventurous nature led to her sexual growth and development of her personal set of mores Del was first exposed to the knowledge of sex through her best friend Naomi Together they fantasized and learned about sex from a variety of books However it was Dels encounters with Mr Chamberlain Jerry Storey and Garnet French that allowed her to grow sexually and develop her own set of morals Mr Chamberlain was one of the first people to show Del about sexuality His indecency and Dels personality led to the first sign of the formation of Dels mores At the peak of Dels adolescence she often had fantasies of Mr Chamberlain seducing her Mr Chamberlain suggested to Del the idea of her sexuality He told her stories about young girls in Italy of about her age who were sold for sexual pleasure Such an idea gave Del many fantasies of herself being exposed to Mr Chamberlain She gave opportunities to Mr Chamberlain to harass her in sexual ways For example she allowed him to touch and flattened her breast and other chances to feel her Next time he came I made it easy for him to do something againthe upper thighs brutal as lightening Munro pg177 In a sense Dels courage and curiosity led to her exposure to various sexual aspects She was curious enough to go on a ride with Mr Chamberlain although she knew that she might be at risk of being raped or sexually abused Here in the half-shade above the creek I was
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