31 Oct 2014
How Long Till We Find The Body?
In the novella The Body by Stephen King, there are four twelve-year old boys, set out to find the corpse of another boy who had been hit by a train. Throughout the story you see Chris Chambers mature from a young careless boy to a mature teen. It’s guaranteed in life that people will get older as time progresses. Being a mature human being doesn't just happen over night. Maturity depends more on a person’s sense of wisdom, humility, and responsibility. Being a mature person is knowing who you are as an individual and what you stand for. In addition, it is also where your priorities and responsibility come in place way, in which you treat certain situations. Maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. Chris matures in the story from life experiences he had encountered, whom many kids at a young age don’t experience. Maturity is shown throughout life experiences. Throughout this story it shows how the young boys soon come to an older mature age. In the story there is a person who is suddenly facing a life changing experience, he was once naïve and childish but now he’s older and wiser because of the experience he encountered throughout his younger days. His name is Chris; Chris had a thought in his head of going to college and getting an education. He wanted to leave the town, castle rock and get as far away as possible. There was only one setback. Chris’ so called ‘friends’ dragged him down and asked him why does he want to go to college so badly. Unfortunately this caused Chris to think twice about going to college one day. Chris like the strong kid he was, he showed and proved everyone wrong and he attended college and also attended graduate school, he was onto his second year of school. “Chris had been finishing his second year of graduate studies”(King 435). Not only did Chris go so far into school, but he also picked up an important thing in life called maturity. School didn’t come super easy to him, he would spend several hours working on homework and studying with Gordie. “We studied together almost every night, sometimes for as long as six hours at a stretch, I always came home from those sessions exhausted” (King 434). Putting in lots of mounts of work led Chris to be accepted into the University Of Maine and Portland as in honors student, his hard work showed results. This was the character that came of age in my opinion because he followed and worked hard towards his dreams, and he didn’t stop even though people doubted him he wouldn’t go far in life.
Chris demonstrates that he is going through a maturing stage so early on in his life. When Chris and the boys were out camping they decided to go through the woods instead of going along the railroad, which led them coming in contact with sucking leeches in murky brown water, not knowing what they were about to walk through. Through the story, Chris feels pain and torture and seems like the baby in the story because of his crying, this point is where Chris peaks maturity and adulthood, he was the first one to start freaking out and broke out in tears crying, because the leeches started sucking on him. Chris crying to Gordie and asking him “Are there any more? Take em off if there are, please, Gordie!” (King 397). Chris begging Gordie to take the leeches off, he had several crawling down his back. This shows how young and immature he is. Chris had no clue how to react to it but to freak out. After the leeches had attacked him and they were off, “His eyes were wide and mute and apologetic” (King 398). After his awakening he’s much more calm, quieter and now acts older than a twelve year-old boy, after encountering the leeches. Chris is the one that came of age; he has been through a lot with not only his life but with his parents. Chris grew up with a father who was an alcoholic and didn’t get along with because he always spent too...
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