Maturity In Charles Baxter's 'Gryphon'

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Childhood Maturity There are many differing theories and opinions on child development and maturity levels that range from Eric Erikson to Sigmund Freud. While they may vary from person to person it is agreed over all that there are multiple stages children go through. The level of maturity a child has can be influenced by their teachers and school life. But at the same time that level of maturity can influence how a class functions day to day. When reading Gryphon by Charles Baxter it is easy to figure out which student does which thing and how they might influence the class. While it is not always obvious child maturity levels, and teacher-student relationships can easy relate to each other like in stories and real life. While child…show more content…
The first two that are instantly mentioned are Bobby Kryzanowicz and Carol Peterson. They are described on page 153 “Bobby Kryzanowicz, the faultless brown-noser, said, and I heard Carol Peterson’s evil giggle.”(5-6) Then you have Harold Knardahl, who seems to be the class jokester ,making a joke right off the bat about Ms. Ferenczi being from Mars and Kelly Munger who is said to never be prepared. Lastly, other than the narrator, you have Wayne Razmer who is the one at the end to complain about Ms. Ferenczi and her Tarot card reading in the class. Although the kids are all part of the same class each one likely affects how the class is run day to day even with the normal teacher as was mentioned earlier. For example Kelly always being unprepared probably slows down the class come lecture time while they the other kids are ready to go and if Carol Peterson has an “evil giggle” she is likely not a nice kid to the others possibly causing them to avoid working with her unless absolutely necessary. Just like the kids in the class are affecting it so did Mr. Hibler and Ms. Ferenczi. Mr. Hibler being sick caused a disruption to the classes’ normal schedule thus making them call in a sub who in this case was Ms. Ferenczi who was new and unexpected. This caused an even bigger disruption. Ms. Ferenczi the sub came into the classroom and told them that when she’s in the room six times eleven is sixty-eight when they had learned is was sixty-six so this would naturally confuse them and cause them to question what they have already learned especially when told that it is a “substitute fact”. When Charles Baxter himself was asked about that particular fact he responded on his website with “Sometimes "substitute facts" are simply wrong or incorrect, but sometimes they are products of myth or of the imagination. Ms. Ferenczi likes to expose the

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