Coming Of Age
The process of ‘coming of age’ is individual to everyone. This quote is implying/means that although everybody goes through similar coming of age experiences, such as; relationships, peer pressure and maturity, they react differently which gives them their own identity. Relationships are an important coming of age experience in the novel ‘Touch Me’ by James Moloney and the film ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ directed by Gil Junger. Relationships are interactions between two or more people, this includes family relationships, friends, intimate relationships and acquaintances. In the novel, Xavier Mclachlan develops an intimate relationship with Nuala Magee. In his initial relationship with Nuala, he is attracted to her because she is different, dangerous and beautiful. On their first date, Nuala takes her time to trust Xave and to get close to him as she has had bad experiences with boys before. In the movie, Katerina (like Nuala) is also different and dangerous, and meets a guy named Patrick and they form an intimate relationship together. Kat, in the past has also had experience with a bad relationship and has learned from it. This shows that Kat and Nuala have already been involved with a coming of age experience. Xave shows his immaturity when he listens to gossip and rumours about Nuala, that she has ‘slept around’ and that she is pregnant while going out with Xave. Xave shows a lack of understanding when he and Nuala are at the formal hire shop. As he does not understand what Nuala has been through, Xave is not aware of the delicate situation and does not handle it very well. However, he does develop a mature self awareness when he goes back to the dress shop to buy Nuala the blue dress after they have broken up. Like Xave, Patrick does not understand what Katerina has been through, and does not realise why she is different. Katerina’s father has a house rule, that Kat’s younger sister is only allowed to date if Kat dates, so Patrick is...
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