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Kayrix Kayrix2018 1868 An Analysis of Bambi

By: Emory Rodrigues

In the novel Bambi, by Felix Salten, Bambi realizes that taking big steps toward adulthood without any experiences is a path to death. Gobo’s death could have been avoided if he had not taken big steps toward adulthood. Gobo is guilty of taking huge steps towards adulthood while he is still a child with no experiences. This led him to the nose of a gun.

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Gobo believes that he can become an adult by living life with no struggles. Gobo shows us this when he says that in the house with humans there is warmth. He also says how does not have to suffer in the cold like the deer did. Fortunately, Bambi has the Old Stag to teach him that he has to go through experiences to become an adult. This example appears when the Old Stag shows Bambi the human on the floor dying. He shows Bambi they are no different than the deer, themselves. Another event that also summarizes this theme is when Gobo is wearing his halter. Gobo says, “It is his halter and it is the greatest honor to wear” (Salten, Felix, Page 187). Gobo is a child who does not realize that the halter may be dangerous to him and the deer around him. The halter may have a tracking device on it because the humans who killed Gobo went straight to Gobo leading him to other deer. Gobo’s death taught Bambi a lot. After Gobo’s death Bambi made a decision to become an adult. Bambi made a decision to become an adult after the Old Stag’s death because when Bambi was with the Old Stag he was a child. Now Bambi sees that bad things happen when you take big steps towards adulthood. Bambi made the decision to grow up when he corrects two little fawns for crying when their mom left.

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KAYRIX: St. Benedict's Literary Magazine - Spring 2018  

KAYRIX is the name given to the literary magazine published annually by the students of St. Benedict's Prep. While our goal is to publish a...

KAYRIX: St. Benedict's Literary Magazine - Spring 2018  

KAYRIX is the name given to the literary magazine published annually by the students of St. Benedict's Prep. While our goal is to publish a...

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