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The novel Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy amply demonstrates the idea of growing up is fraught with obstacles. However it is often internal obstacles rather than external that stand in the way of our development. This is certainly the case for Paul Crabbe, whose initial arrogance slows his movement towards maturity. At first, Paul is quick to judge and stereotype, and has an inflated opinion of himself. It is largely through the role-modelling and guidance of his teacher, Eduard Keller, that he finally develops into a sensitive and thoughtful human being.
At the beginning of the novel, Goldsworthy presents us with a young, immature and arrogant Paul. He is quick to judge others, his first impression of Keller as the town drunk with "â€¦pitted, sun-coarsened skin - a cheap ruined leatherâ€¦" and his "â€¦wobbling, jellyâ€¦" eyes. The unflattering metaphors emphasise Paul's insensitivity and tendency to ...view middle of the document...
Paul learns to look past judging people when he first meets them and instead is much more open and mature by the end of the story.
Paul changes his thoughts on Keller throughout the story, in the beginning of the story when Paul first meets Keller, Paul is young and immature and calls Keller a â€œNaziâ€ which upsets his father, by the end of the story Paul is a much more grown up and matured person and respects Keller. This is shown at the end of the story when Paul calls keller â€œMaestroâ€, this shows utmost respect for Keller and shows that Paul matured and aged throughout the story. Paul continues to think of Keller as his â€œMaestroâ€ after Kellers death, which saddens Paul immensely.
Paul growing up and maturing can be seen in many different ways throughout the story, when he first falls in love with Megan itâ€™s mostly a physical attraction but by the end of the story he realises that Megan isnâ€™t perfect and falls in love with Rosie who has a much nicer and better personality than Megan. This part of the story
clearly shows Paul maturing and becoming a better person by the end of the book.
Growing up can be fraught with many obstacles, one of which can be parental pressure which paul faces when his parents want and encourage him to become a professional pianist and this links to a related text showing a baby crawling up through ever increasing obstacles to reach his parents encouraging him to reach the end of the road and graduate, this shows that many parents believe that growing up is all about education and reaching graduation, the same thing can be seen in Maestro when Pauls parents want him to become a famous pianist.
Towards the end of the novel Paul learns about honest from K. It is only after Paul has a disappointing tour of Europe that he wishes he had listened more carefully to Keller's words and not chased a futile dream. After Keller dies Paul is forced to confront his own life and what he has become as an adult.
Paul goes from being an arrogant and rebellious young man to a humble and respectful adult. At the beginning of the novel he stereotypes Keller as a â€œNaziâ€, however at the end calls him â€œMaestroâ€.