In the beginning of the story Harvey walks on the deck of a steam liner that his parents rented. The other passengers on the boat gathered together in the parlor on this deck. Harvey walks in and the men's conversation falls short. Harvey walks in and says "Say, it's thick outside. You can hear the fish-boats squawking all around us. Say, would n't it be great if we ran down one?" (Rudyard 3). This quote alone sh...
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...extreme hit on his pride.
All in all, this book relates to teens better than teens know. They think themselves above the conventional man and in doing so demean themselves in the eyes of those conventional men. It is extremely hard for any teen to admit that they were mistaken. It took Harvey many excruciating months to become aware of his follies. The fact that parents will look the other way when a young adult misbehaves or is in-polite is indicative of why they are this way. Any decent parent will discipline their child even when that child is grown. They will discipline their children through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The point is, however hard you may try, a young adult is malleable and what you do influences their future and insights. Without discipline and hard work they are being molded into adults who do not work and cannot follow direction.
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