Adulthood In Judith Ortiz Coffer's Catch The Moon

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The government, the society, and the world has the idea of adulthood all wrong. Adulthood is a concept that never comes to an end, we constantly grow, but there is a time where adulthood begins. It is not when you can vote, smoke, drink, and enter the war. Adulthood begins when you can comprehend the interconnectedness of the universe and a being's place in it. It is the capability to appreciate the difference between rational and emotional, and knowing how to control each. Adulthood is the ability to express love, to receive love, and to love yourself through all the faulty attributes and elements. In the article, “What is the Age of Responsibility?” Written by Alan Greenblatt, it is questioned whether 18 and 21 is the age of adulthood, and the short story, “Catch the Moon” by Judith Ortiz Coffer proves the answer is absolutely not. The…show more content…
In the article, “What is the Age of Responsibility?” declares, “In America, ‘adulthood’ already has its familiar compass points, 18 and 21. But what is the age of responsibility? And what if that age… bears no resemblance to the ages already enshrined in law?” This explains that although the laws in America allows most “adult” activity at 18 and 21, the article questions what the true age of responsibility (which they define is the peak of adulthood) is, and whether that age matches the age the law has set for us. This is relevant to note because it shows that age restrictions that the law passes can never be accurate and emphasizes the concept that you cannot give adulthood an age. As each individual is being brought up, one’s experiences will change oneself different than another, which may result in one being maturing quicker than the other. To conclude, every being grow’s up at their own time because each human is different, and generalizing is never
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