Movement and Maturity

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Movement and Maturity It has been said, "The only thing constant is change itself." A change that we all must go through is the inevitable evolution from childhood into adulthood. In "Doe Season," David Michael Kaplain writes about Andy, a young girl, who makes this transition while she is on a hunting trip. In the story the author uses parallels between light, water, and blood, all things with continuous movement, to symbolize the constant changes that are a part of life. Light plays a very important role in the story. There is always a continuous movement in nature from darkness to light. Andy believes there is a clearly defined moment in which dark turns to light and expresses a desire to see this change. " There has to be just one moment when it all changes from dark to light…. She had missed it yesterday…today she would watch more closely" (354). In the story the darkness represents childhood and not being self-aware. Light, on the other hand, is a symbol for self-enlightenment that comes with maturity and adulthood. Contrary to what Andy thinks, there is no precise moment when it all changes. Just like life, it is a constant process. Not only the process of light is important in the story, but also the source. At the beginning of Andy's dream, she awakens and "sense[s] light, blue and pale, light where before there had been none. The moon must have come out, she thought" (359). Here the author is using a foreshadowing of sorts, but to understand it, one must have knowledge of mythology. Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon, was also the goddess of the hunt. This is fitting not only because the characters are hunting, but also because the moon plays a vital role in assisting Andy's transformatio... ... middle of paper ... ...he realizes that it is constantly changing. She too is changing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. "…All around her roared the mocking of the terrible, inevitable, sea" (360). As much as Andy resisted the change, it was certain. Just as Andy's body is constantly in motion of change, so is her life and so will it always be. In "Doe Season," David Michael Kaplain successfully uses the moving images of light, blood, and the ocean to represent the prevalent changefulness of life and the maturity of one girl into womanhood. Even though, like Andy, one may not want to change, the author proved it is impossible to escape that intrinsic feature of life. Bibliography: Kaplain, David. "Doe Season." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen Mandell. 3rd ed. Forth Worth: Hardcourt, 1999.(349-360)
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