In addition to the different ways that culture celebrates the coming of age it isalso one of the worlds most popular and beloved themes in literature.
'The Circus' is atouching story about a man's kindness and how the realization of this played an importantpart of his son's coming age.
There comes a time is each person's life when they reach the point where they are nolonger children, but adults.
The transition from a child into a young adult is oftenreferred to as the 'coming of age,' or growing up.
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is a sensitive touching portrayal of ayoung boy who grows up through shocking yet realistic events.
Although many people are only aware of the coming of age theme throughliterature and other forms of entertainment, there is also a very realistic part to this eventin a person's life which is often ignored.Novices learn great quantities ofinformation and obey countless taboos. Ritual pulls the boy from childhood, especially from his mother.He moves from thecategory of women and privileged children toward the privileged one of the adult males.Such rites dramatize the power of older over younger males and state that'only women can make babies: but only men can make men.' (1995, Grolier Encyclopedia)Such passage rites symbolize death of the child and rebirth as a man, as well as maleenvy of females.Versions in modern Western society includes religious, confirmation,fraternity initiation, and military training.The coming of age is an event which is oftencelebrated in many different cultures, through rituals or ceremonies.The rituals, alsoknown as passage rites, mark the passing of a person from one stage of life to the next:birth, infancy, childhood, adulthood, old age, and death.Other children reach this time by simplygrowing older and having a better understanding of the world around them.The comingof age really is indefinite and cannot be marked in general overview.Boys rites often involve seclusion from women, hazing by older males,test of manliness, and genital operations, including circumcision.Girls rites are just asbad if not worse with things like removal of the clitoris.