power hour - Gregory Taylor English 1213 When someone turns...

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Gregory Taylor English 1213 When someone turns 21 there comes new opportunities and abilities with that age. Just like when someone turns 18, they have the newfound ability to do certain actions that they were previously prohibited to do (by law) like buy cigarettes or lottery tickets. As such, it is only natural for someone to celebrate turning 21 as it is an age where they are able to drink legally. Because of this, the power hour has become such a powerful and appealing (yet risky) tradition that has little to do with peer pressure and more to do with a newfound personal freedom. The power hour demonstrates a persons passage into adulthood. As mentioned, it is a "deadly rite of passage" (Zernike, 7). So the question is: why would someone participate in such risky behavior? It is because its a demonstration of ones newfound power: the ability to drink without it being illegal. Just like being able to drive by yourself at 16, turning 21 inherits you the ability to do something you previously couldn't. The article "Drinking Game Can Be a Deadly Rite of Passage" illustrates that some (not all) participants in the tradition never even wanted to do the power hour, stating "'It wasn't fun for me. ..I could have died'" (Zernike, 9). Regardless, the people that participate in the power hour have a personal obligation and right to say whether they've had enough. If they keep drinking because it is tradition or because of peer pressure, then they shouldn't have
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