Theme Of Coming Of Age

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The main theme that is recurring throughout the entire novel is coming of age. Throughout the novel Charlie questions what does it mean to be a man. Charlie has three man men in his life he can look up to his brother, father, and Bill. Most of the women in his life have been abused by men. His sister was hit by her boyfriend. Charlie also see’s his grandfather use to hit his mother and his aunt Helen. Charlie comes across this deep feeling of aggression he has that he tries to hide. Charlie has a hard time considering himself as a man after his aunt took advantage of him. Charlie has a hard time throughout the novel to find growth and adulthood in the

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