Coming of Age

By Zach, Mitchell, Parker and Brandon

The Outsiders

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. This item of media represents coming of age because when Ponyboy was young, his parents were killed in a car crash. He was raised by his 2 brothers. He was forced to grow up much earlier than expected. Since it was in the 60's, he was forced into the gang life since his brothers were a part of a gang called the greasers. He lost his innocence and was forced to be grown up at a young age.

The Sandlot

A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many struggles involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. They are forced to grow up early because of missing parents, pressured and bullied by the school baseball team, scared to death by "the beast", and a young boy is bullied (at first) by his soon to be team

The Hunger Games

Katniss is a teen who's sister was drawn for the 74th hunger games. Katniss then volunteers for her sister so she doesn't have to fight. She then competes through brutal tribulations in the next 3 hunger games. This shows coming of age because Katniss had to compete in the Hunger Games which would make her lose he innocence. It also shows coming of age because Prim had to help her mother while Katniss was in the hunger games.

7 years by Lukas Gram

Lukas is looking back at his life 7, 11, 20. He sings about a few things he has done at each age. He wonders what his life will be like in the future.

Romeo and Juliet

The tribulations that Romeo and Juliet face by their parents, friends, stranger, and nature cause them to grow up very fast and soon commit suicide. This Story of the two young lovers represents coming of age because since they can not be in a relationship and still live with their parents, they were forced to grow up and act like adults. They were able to almost successfully pull it off, but a lot of things went wrong.

Forest Gump

Forest Gump is about a boy from Alabama and his life. As a child, he had problems with his legs and was bullied. It tells how he grew to become a great runner and went on to join his high school and college football team as a running back. It tells how he served in the Vietnam War and later became a shrimping boat captain. This movie shows coming of age because it shows how Forest Gump grew as a person throughout the whole movie