Short Story Masterpieces Themes

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Coming of Age

One of the main themes throughout the stories in this collection is the coming of age of the characters, or the transition from childhood to adulthood. In 'Bottle of Milk for Mother,' Lucky unfortunately comes of age because he accidentally kills someone that he is attempting to rob. His behaviors lead him to prison, where he will likely perish and even he himself admits he will not live to twenty-one. He is forced to grow up and face his responsibility. In 'Open Winter,' young Beech begins as a cocky young man who would prefer to leave animals to their death than put himself out. By the end of the story, however, Beech understands what it means to be responsible for himself and his job and understands pride in his work. in 'Barn Burning,' a young man is forced to choose between what is...

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