Growing Up & Finding Your Identity
If life was like the plot of a book, growing up would be the rising action. Growing up involves searching for identity. Growing up and finding your identity makes up who you are as a person. These ideas are a consistent theme in “The Bear”, In Our Time, and A River Runs Through It.
Growing up involves understanding the mystery of life. One must realize where they came from and where they are headed. That they were born and one day will die. As in the Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway, Nick Adams at a young age witnessed both birth and death in a short period of time for the first time. Though he did not quite understand death, he was exposed to it and that aided in the process of growing up.
However, as life went on and he continued to grow up, he was sent off to war and experienced death in a greater aspect. Nick returned more familiar with tragedies. He also returned with a sense of masculinity. This masculinity is also part of Nick’s search for identity as he grows up. As someone enters their state of manhood, they gain the quality of traditional adult manly qualities or male maturity. Manhood and womanhood are stages in growing up that create who you as an individual.
Finding your identity is to know your likes and dislikes. You’re not afraid to be who you are around others. As in the movie A River Runs Through It, Paul found his identity as a risk taker who wasn’t afraid to stand for what he believes in. After Norman returned from college, he saw his younger brother Paul in a new light. Paul grew up. When Norman and Paul went to the river to fly fish, Norman describes Paul as finding his own rhythm in fly fishing. He wasn’t afraid to try his own thing. He broke free from what his father taught him long ago about fly fishing and became his own fisherman. This resulted in Paul finding his identity and becoming an amazing fly fisherman. Paul also stood for the rights of Native Americans when people would talk against...
Cited: A River Runs Through It. Director Robert Redford. Performances by: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn and Emily Lloyd. Columbia Pictures, 1993.
Faulkner, William. “The Bear.” Go Down, Moses. Vintage International. New York, 1940.
Hemingway, Ernest. In our Time. Simon & Schuster. New York, 1925.
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