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The Crucial Passage


The story is about, a tribe that as part of their culture they establish that all the children’s need to pass through a series of testing like a part of initiation to become a man. This story presents two ten-year-old boys that are together waiting for the next age-set. In that transition they will learn many things about life; they will growth more mental andpsychological. The directions of the destiny of the boys will be determinate by the tribe, one of them Paolo will make a journey of seven days to the Big City, in that journey he will be accompanied by his friend Jose. The story of Paolo and the Shavante’s is capturated by the PBS in a documentary called “Millennium”, which is directed by the anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis which iscommitted to film six hours of interaction between tribal and modern culture. In the city Paolo will be learn the loneliness of a big city, who he is, what he's here for, and how he can be of service as a man to both his loved ones and his humanity. In the adulthood-training or "initiation" he needs to read a sacred book written by the tribe’s one God. He is taught this skill by a primary male elderand a secondary set of male elders, in a period of one to two years. At the finish of his training, he is put front a public in which he need to prove his intellectual prowess and singing. Once the process of the initiation is complete, he receives gifts by many members of the family. He will become a man when he proves himself in a trade and demonstrate the leadership that he had learn. Theelders will impose more goals to the youths in order to test them. Finally, we can imagine a society in which machines and overwhelmed caregivers do most of the work of parenting. In this culture the parents make the children pass trough many different tests , but the fathers are absent in this process. In this culture the boy becomes more dependent of his peers, but they are pretending to beadults, even if they are not and this is a problem. Finally when he is more old age he discover the fact that he is not a man.



• Purpose - The purpose of the essay is to show the parents that the process that a child pass through adultness is crucial and they need to be present, they need to guide them and they need to help us. The essay show us the differences thatdifferent societies have about that process, but in the shavante’s for example the elders are present and all the tribe but in the “imaginative society” you can see how the father are absent. Also the purpose is to show to the adult people that live in modern civilizations that the technology are affecting the way that we live, and specifically in that essay show us how the technology can replace somehuman aspect of us like parents, in the case of the essay in the “imaginative society” you have the machines and overwhelmed caregivers taking care of the boys, but today the television feed many kids of the modern societies.
• Reader-This essay is dedicated to the fathers of the American Society and a secondary reader could be to that people that have many technologies in their houses.
•Ideas- “A boy is taught to read a sacred book, a book written by the tribe's one God. He is taught this skill in a concerted way by one primary male elder and a secondary set of male elders, including his own father, over a period of one to two years.” Here we can see the support of the members of the tribe in the process of Paolo.
“Imagine now a culture in which machines and one or maybe twooverwhelmed caregivers do most of their work of parenting.” “…but that Father is strangely absent in body, so his voice sounds disembodied.” In that two cites we can see of the machines take care of the child’s of the modern society and in the final cite we can see how the father are absent.
• Rhetorical Mode-The author present his text as narration, exposition and compare and contrast. Is narration...
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