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To be mature means to face and not evade every fresh crisis that comes says Fritz Kunkel This postulate is demonstrated through the character Paul in Conrad Aikens Silent Snow Secret Snow This young boy is beginning to mature and grow out of his childhood and he goes through a state of repudiation that comes to life as a psychosis In fear he reaches for his past and his childhood which are represented by his neighborhood postman However he cannot hold onto that forever Man has an innate fear of growing up change and the alienation that can come with it This young boys psychosis the snow represents Mans fear of growing up Pauls secret the world of snow that he sees is his way of keeping himself from growing up It hides the world from him like a mother and like a mother it lets him feel like he has something special and is safe The narrator states Nor was it only a source of possession - it was also a sense of protection 165 This protection is the protection that a child feels with his mother and with his ignorance of the horrors of the world He uses this snow to keep out those things that would cause him to mature out of his safe undeveloped world During school his teacher and classmates occasionally break through his snow and he acknowledges them For the most part however he keeps them in the real world on the other side of the snow He blocks out his teacher Miss Buell as the narrator says putting his secret between himself and the words 165 He also blocks out his classmate girl Deirdre She represents romantic love which is a very mature feeling and that maturity is what he is afraid of He also attempts to ignore the passing of time which is a very literal representation of growing up and of change The bell rang for
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