Everything you need to understand or teach Genesis by Wallace Stegner.
In this rite-of-passage story, nineteen-year-old Englishman Lionel Cullen—called "Rusty" for his red hair— passes into adulthood. The rite-of-passage theme differs from the coming-ofage theme by focusing on one key event that marks the transition into adulthood.
In Genesis, the rite of passage is a twoweek cattle drive through three terrible blizzards. At the beginning of the story, Rusty is a somewhat spoiled young man, looking for fun and adventure as a Canadian cowboy. After only a day of work, he realizes that riding herd is not an adventure; it is just grueling work. Later, he contemplates what he might be doing instead of exhausting himself in painful labors. He could be going to Oxford University or sailing in a harbor while jeering at working sailors. He traveled to Canada over the objections of his family; like a spoiled child, he became more stubborn the more his family decried... View more of the Genesis Summary