The story of initiation tends to select a phase of a character's initiation: Often it ends after presenting the shocking effects an experience has on a younger child (= tentative initiation, as in ANGUS WILSON's, Raspberry Jam, 1949, or GRAHAM GREENE's, I Spy, 1970). Or it presents an adolescent's passage into maturity during which the young person is able to discover his or her self.
In literature, this process may be presented as a journey of initiation. Bridges, rivers that have to be crossed, and journeys constitute the imagery used to represent the initiation process as a rite of passage from innocence through experience to maturity.
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