“Of White Hairs and Cricket” is a story about coming of age. Do you
● 1st p: Innocence,not realizing about coming of age and not giving
● 2nd p: Knowing and understanding life. Realizing coming of age is
a thing and is important.
● Conclusion: we agree
Of White Hairs and Cricket is a story about coming of age. Coming of age is a very important
stage in an adolescent's life and can be very painful. In this story coming of age is present
and is a major theme in the story.
In the story, the narrator is a fourteen year old kid that lives with his papa, mama and
mamaji. “Every-single white-hair-out”, he spends each Sunday plucking his father’s white
hairs out, which made his father look younger although he doesn't understand it. “... now
Daddy did not take us for cricket on Sunday mornings.”, the narrator’s dad is getting old and
does not have as much energy as he had before, so he cannot play cricket anymore. He is
not aware of death so he does not know his father will die someday. After fighting with his
dad, the narrator goes to Viraf’s house. When he is there he entered the room where his
friends father was resting, but sick, he didn’t understand that his father was getting old, until
he saw the specularity between his father and Viraf’s father who was very sick.
After he saw Viraf’s father he noticed Viraf’s father wrinkles, “I noticed the lines on his brow,
like Daddy’s, only Daddy’s were less deep.” After that he leaves Viraf’s house in two different
ways. He goes out of Viraf’s house literally “I sneak through the veranda and down the stairs
without a word”. But metaphorically he leaves his childhood behind. When he reaches his
home he sees the tweezers laying on the table and that’s when he has an epiphany and
realizes he wants to be with his dad.
To sum up,the boy realizes coming of age is difficult, it could be painful and it takes your
innocence and you start thinking about things that you hadn’t thought of before. As once our
teacher said “When you lose innocence, you start suffering”.
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