The Coming of Age of Three Characters
An analysis of the coming of age theme in in Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," Jane Austin's "Emma" and Chaim Potok's "My Name is Asher Lev."
# 103089 | 1,912 words | 3 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Apr 15, 2008 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)
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This paper discusses the coming of age of character's within Mark Twain's 1885 "Huckleberry Finn," Jane Austin's 1816 "Emma" and Chaim Potok's 1972 "My Name is Asher Lev." It particularly compares and contrasts the conflict, setting and supporting characters in each of these novels in order to show how Mark Twain (Samuel Clements), Chaim Potok and Jane Austen developed the theme of personal growth in their writing.
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From the Paper:"Emma Woodhouse is not driven by the same kinds of conflicting societal forces as haunt Huck and Asher. However, her relationships with a number of characters complicate her views of herself and in the end lead to her growth as a person. In Emma's case it is recognition that others must be accepted for who they are, not what we wish them to be or for their social station in life. Where early in the novel Emma is absorbed in herself and her assumptions about others, at the end of the novel we see her state, "Oh! No - what an impudent dog I was! - How could I dare" (Austen, 1999, p.443). Her friend Harriet, as an example, is a character about whom Emma made many assumptions, such as that she was born of wealth and should not marry below herself. In the end Emma must recognize that Harriet is the daughter of a tradesman - one does not need to be born of wealth. In an age where people commonly accepted that one's character was based on one's birth, for Emma to view the others uncritically represents a growth not unlike Huck's ability to accept Jim as an equal or for Asher to accept himself as an artist of non-Jewish themes."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Austen, Jane. (1999). Emma. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Potok, Chaim. (1972). My Name is Asher Lev. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
- Twain, Mark. (1996). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Random House.
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