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The Maturation of George Willard In Andersons novel Winesburg Ohio the protagonist George Willard maneuvered through a motley group of acquaintances learning and changing as he went Dr Parcival wanted him to listen and others like Louise Trunnion wanted love Many of Winesburgs residents saw George as someone special someone who would be different However he may not have been what they thought since he had many lessons to learn himself Moving on from adolescence to manhood can be a difficult and often frightening journey The guidance and support of competent adults can ease the anxiety Did George have that support How does he struggle to adulthood And finally how do his relationships with others in Winesburg aide in his growth Throughout Andersons novel George experienced a wide variety of encounters which all contributed to his maturation from an awkward adolescent to a sophisticated young man Some who helped George mature were Wing Biddlebaum Wash Williams Louise Trunnion and Helen White Many of the grosteque men of Winesburg had a significant effect on Georges life Wing Biddlbaum wanted to help George improve his life or improve his vision of life Anderson states You are destroying yourself he cried You have the inclination to be alone and to dream and you are afraid of dreams You want to be like others in town here You hear them talk and you try to imitate them Wing encouraged George to be himself to strive for his goals and dreams in a way that he was not able Wing was lonely frustrated and unhappy He did not get the chance to pursue his creativity or explore his potential Wing did not want to see this young reporter waste his life listening to the roaring of the voices Anderson 12 He is pushed George to look past the shallowness of the townspeople and think deeply However at this point George was not confident or
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