Argument # 1 – youth: Catherine is shown in situations common to teenagers. She faces frustration and peer pressure. Plus, there are several examples in which the adults comment on the young people, either laughing at their behaviour or criticizing it. Sub Argument # 1: Catherine faces new experiences and people in Bath, which helps her identify the significant difference people can have with one another, whether it is good or bad. Primary source quote # 1: “But, where youth and diffidence are united, it required uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.” Catherine's youth helps to make her gullible, or easily trusting. She is somewhat won over by John's compliments, even though she finds him extremely annoying. Primary source quote # 2: ‘Youth people with be young people, as your good mother says herself. You know I wanted you, when we first came, not to buy that sprigged muslin, but you would. Young people do not like to be always thwarted.” Mrs. Allen's allows Catherine to do what she wants, thinking that "young people" like to have it their way. But Catherine shows a lot of maturity by stating that she would appreciate some help in a strange new place. Secondary source quote # 1: “She raised her eyes towards him more fully than she had ever done before.” This is a climactic moment between Henry and Catherine. By looking at Henry "more fully," she sees him clearly and shows herself to him as a more mature adult, rather than as a young youth.
Argument # 2 – friendship: Making friends and trying to figure out true friends from false ones is a major part in this novel. Friendships in this book symbolize growing up and maturing. Sub Argument # 1: Catherine has to eventually give up her friendship with Isabella for a more mature friendship with Eleanor. Primary Source quote # 1: “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves,...
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