Charley Skedaddle Themes

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Coming of Age

The coming of age theme is evident from early in the story. Charley's immature attitude towards his family and friends creates problems for him that would not otherwise exist. One of these is seen in his need for approval. Charley helps Noreen with her business by making deliveries and pickups for her. He says that at least part of the tips he collects is because he is polite and charms the customers. He wants Noreen to thank him for this. Charley doesn't seem to realize that Noreen is young herself and that she might also need some appreciation. When Charley runs away, he expects that he'll find glory on the battlefield and that he'll be applauded as a hero for his bravery there. He needs public notice of his actions. It's not until Charley spends some time with Granny Bent that he comes to realize that...

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