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Coming Of Age In The Great Gatsby

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In the book first part last there are many symbols that represent the idea of coming of age. There was a basketball, a doctors note, a ghost face, and the colors black, blue, red, and green. In the story a basketball is a object that is used as a symbol to represent the idea of coming of age. Bobby is asked if he wants to go play basketball with his friends. He goes and when he is almost to the basketball court he realizes that he left Feather at home all alone. When he gets home to Feather he sets his basketball down and picks up Feather. When he sets his basketball down it rolls away from him and goes toward his mothers room. Basketballs are normally used by children and teenagers. Since Bobby has a child he needs to be more mature and responsible than most kids his age. The basketball represents his child hood so when it rolls away it is like his freedom and childhood is rolling away too. In the story a doctors note is a object that is used as a symbol to represent…show more content…
When Bobby is painting on the wall those are the colors he used. Black and blue remind you of a bad bruise. Red reminds you of blood. Green reminds you of good and healing. In his painting he uses those to symbolize that he was hurt bleeding and bruised but now he is healing. It might be a slow painful process but he is healing. It takes alot in a person to look back at everything they have been through and still say it was just for me to grow, im all better now. Im healing and thats all that matters. It was just to test me. Im growing up now, im coming of age. Im being a man just like Just Frank told me i should be. In conclusion the basketball, the doctors note, the ghost face, and the colors black, blue, red, and green all represent the idea of coming of age because they all helped Bobby to mature and think of things in a different way. He took responsibility. He acted like a man
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