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According to fussell this is the key difference

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and that this is a “sign of his maturity and the pledge of his artistic ability” (111). According to Fussell, this is the key difference between George and the rest of the inhabitants of Winesburg. Despite his lingering connections to everyone in town, George is able to detach himself and live a life separate from them and Winesburg. The other characters, on the other hand, are all tied down because their lives have been interconnected for a long time. With that said, Fussell makes a problematic case about George’s maturity. Fussell simply makes his case by comparing George to the other characters in Winesburg, Ohio . Because the other people in the town are immature, and George is different from them, Fussell assumes that that makes George mature. Although
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3 Jung he may have matured since the beginning, George has not grown to the extent of which Fussell argues. Szczesiul, on the other hand, makes a more acceptable observation: he believes that George fails to mature by the end of his departure. The main point of his argument is that George “cannot act upon what he feels emotionally” (Szczesiul 3). The interactions with other people that George experiences causes him to feel a lot of emotions, yet for all of them, he fails to respond physically and mentally. Szczesiul holds this accountable for George’s failure in becoming a writer. He goes as far as to say that George’s decision to leave was immature because “there is enough life in Winesburg for George to experience; he is simply too blind to notice” (3). The fact that George can’t see the things that are around him and the stories that exist in Winesburg is evidence enough for Szczesiul to say he has not matured. George’s departure is a way for him to run away from the emotional ties he has with everyone else. He continues with examples of George’s behavior that prove his immaturity. Szczesiul mentions the chapter “Drink” concerning Tom Foster. He compares Tom and George in the way that they think. He notes that “George’s words are the same abstractions Tom is expressing…but [he] is unable to express abstract thoughts concretely” (Szczesiul 3). Even near the end of the book, in “Sophistication”, George does not show any sign of real maturation. In that chapter, George tries to find Helen White because he wanted to show her the change he thought he felt. Szczesiul signifies this change as “illusory” and notes that it “will soon pass” (4). In spite of this, a weakness in Szczesiul’s argument is that he never mentions why George is immature or what may have caused him to be that way. Szczesiul simply provides a
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4 great deal of convincing evidence of George’s immaturity. However, he lacks an explanation as to why George has such difficulty maturing as the book progresses. The answer to George’s immaturity is found through his mother Elizabeth, and more importantly, their relationship with each other. The chapter “Mother” clearly depicts Elizabeth’s immaturity and the dynamic of her their mother-child relationship. Anderson describes the extent of their interaction in a way that suggests it is very distant. Elizabeth
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