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In the novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, the protagonist, Homer Macauley, faces many challenges and meets many people from which he learns much from. There are many factors that contributed to Homerís growth. Holding a job, delivering death telegrams, and receiving advice from several characters were factors that supported this growth. Throughout the novel Homer grows from a naÔve adolescent into a mature young adult.
When Homer was young, his father died, leaving the Macauley family fatherless and poor. The only income entering the household was from Homerís mother, who did not make enough money to make ends meet. In order to help support his family, Homer took a job at a local telegraph office at the beginning of his freshman year of high school. This job kept Homer from taking part in after-school activities and spending time with friends and forced him to take the role of a father in his familyís house. Homer struggled with the sacrifice of his free time and youth, but was able to push through knowing that he was helping the ones he loved. The large amount of responsibility bestowed upon Homer and the absence of youthful activities resulted in Homer maturing mush faster than his peers.
When Homer took the job at the telegraph office, he did not know about the one part of the job that would trouble him the most: death telegrams. Homer was faced with the task of delivering the death telegrams twice in the novel. Homerís first experience with delivering a death telegram brought him to the house of Mrs. Rosa Sandoval. After hearing the news of her sonís death, Mrs. Sandoval proceeded to take Homer into the house and act as if Homer was her son. This incident dazed Homer and left him afraid. On his second delivery of a death telegram, Homer was brought to the house of Mrs. Claudia Beaufrere. Homer was frightened at the task before him, remembering the last telegram delivery, and became even more so when he saw a party inside the house, not wanting to rid the house of its current happiness. Homer reluctantly walked toward the door and rang the door bell. When the door opened, Homer ran to his bicycle, but soon remembered his responsibility, and ran back to the porch. After handing over the telegram, Homer soon learned that it was the Motherís birthday, and left the house as fast as he could. The responsibility of delivering the death telegrams gave Homer the responsibility of an adult, and in turn started making him act as one. In the short amount of time from when Homer got his job to his delivering of the death telegrams, Homer grew into a young man, in spite of his young age.
There were many characters that gave Homer much needed support and advice throughout the novel that contributed to his rise in maturity. After Homerís first night at the telegraph office, his mother was waiting for his arrival in case he needed to talk. Homerís mother said that she would be up every night waiting to make sure that Homer had somebody to talk to. This support from his mother gave Homer comfort that was necessary for him during the rough times he was going through. Mr. Grogan, the night shift operator at the telegraph office, played a father figure for Homer and also set examples for him. Mr. Grogan, an unhealthy alcoholic, set an example for Homer of what not to become. Mr. Grogan also showed Homer hard work regardless of his old age. One of the most important people in Homerís life that helped shape him into the mature young man he was at the end of the novel was Mr. Spangler, the manager of the telegraph office. Giving Homer a job that even an adult would have trouble handling, Mr. Spangler treated Homer as if he was someone much older. When Homerís brother, Marcus, died, Mr. Spangle told him to never forget Marcus, and if he did that, Marcus would truly never die. This advice allowed Homer to handle his brotherís death more maturely and would also help him handle struggles later in his life.
The growth of Homer and his rise of maturity culminated with the death of Marcus and the way Homer handled it. The responsibility of a job, the struggle of delivering death telegrams, and receiving much advice and support allowed Homer to deal with Marcusís death very maturely. The way Homer reacted to Marcusís death showed that all the factors effectively shaped Homer into a young adult.
In the novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, the protagonist, Homer Macauley, faces many challenges and meets many people from whom he learns much
Throughout the novel Homer grows from a naive adolescent into a mature young adult.
The large amount of responsibility bestowed upon Homer and the absence of youthful activities resulted in Homer maturing much faster than his peers.
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