Short Story 'Rite Of Passage' By Doug Beardsley

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In the short story "Rite of Passage" by Doug Beardsley, the narrator is an inexperienced but determined hockey player. At the beginning of the story the narrator is unable to succeed as well as the other players "…I'd missed yet another check…" More importantly he is incapable of playing hockey at the same level as his brother. The narrator does not have great agility in his skating technique, yet he is still determined to do all he can to succeed “I don’t know what I did but it worked.” He was able to get around his brother and score a goal on his own. After scoring a goal, the narrator no longer feels below his brother "I received a new, quiet respect from my brother." He felt his brother respected him and his new found skills as a hockey

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