This paper discusses the ways in which the theme of “coming-of-age” is explored in South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Kimberly Akimbo. I use the term “coming-of-age” because that is the colloquial phrase for stories about maturation, however this term can include any transition from an innocent mindset to an enlightened one. This change often results from encountering harsh realities of the real world and learning to accept them. Although the transformation often happens in tandem with growing older, it is the process of experiencing the world which catalyzes it. Growing older can mean challenging your beliefs, exploring where they came from, and learning that the world is different than you thought. Sometimes, it can even mean that you hide parts of yourself because society makes you believe they aren't acceptable.
Shah, Sabrina, "“Coming-of-Age” in South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Kimberly Akimbo" (2023). Honors College Theses. 376.