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Life isnt always a bowl of cherries especially as we grow older People have illusions about everything but as we mature we see what the real world looks like instead of seeing what we want to see and it isnt so pretty anymore With maturity comes disillusionment and most of the time the truth is bitter This lesson is very well taught in The Red Pony an episodic novel by John Steinbeck about a boy named Jody and his life adventures Maturity comes with a fraction of bitterness as we grow older certain things in life start to seem unpleasant Significant lessons about maturity and disillusionment in The Red Pony are lessons about how cruel one can become as they mature and how bitter real life can be Maturity isnt always nice and I can relate to this lesson personally Exploring one of the literary elements in the story can help provide a better understanding of the lesson within the theme The character of the main protagonist in The Red Pony Jody relates to how cruel one can become as they mature In Ch2 Pg 38 Jody uses a sling to aim and then shoot a stone at a bird It is the first time ever that he manages to actually kill a bird by doing thisAfter that Jody continues to tear the dead bird apart He does not seem to care about the dead bird or its life all he cares about is his self and the shame he felt This scene shows how cruel the character of Jody has become compared to the kind of boy he was back in chapter one As he grows older we learn that he is both round and dynamic Jody is round becauseon Pg 38 Steinbeck mentions that Jody did feel a mean pain in his stomach therefore we are aware of his conscience yet he still chooses to kill anyway There is more than one side
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