One day when we were young

Topics: Short story, Childhood, Essay Pages: 2 (519 words) Published: December 3, 2013
One Day When We Were Young

When you are a child it cannot go to fast growing up. But when you are a grown-up, you some-times wish you where a child and not worry about the problems. Expecting to have more fun and more opportunities to do what we always wanted to. Going from a child to a teenager, also gives you new interests, for example girls. In this case, in the short story we follow the main character’ new interest.

This is an essay on the short story ”One Day When We Were Young” written by Vincent Banville in 2001. In the story, which takes place in 1955, we meet Mikey, who was part of the triumvirate named “the Three Mesquiteers” with Cecil Baxter and Joey Malone, in this group Mikey is the leader. We follow Mikey and his transforming into an adult. In this literary essay, I will analyze and interpret the story, with special focus on characterization of the main character Mikey and the symbolism of the triumvirate influence on his development.

The main character is thirteen years old Mikey. Mikey was apart of the triumvirate known as “the Three Mesquiteers” with his best friends Cecil Baxter and Joey Malone and Mikey is the leader. Mikey has just entered puberty and has found a new interest – girls. We see this in this quote: “… he began to look at girls with a much less jaundiced eye than of yore.” (p. 1 line 1). We know that Mikey and his two friends come from the childhood, because the look doesn’t matter. We see that in the quote: “Cecil Baxter, tall and pale as egg white, was the right-hand man, while Joey Malone, fat and roly-poly, was the bumbler of the group.” (p. 1 line 9). So the triumvirate is the symbol of Mikey’ childhood. Mikey is also innocent. But he is also nervous, when they talk about babies, be-cause he stutter and don’t know what to say.

“It all began really on the day they spied on the girls for the first time.” (p. 1 line 16). Here we see the first step in the development from being a child to a teenager. They conquer...
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