Write a thoughtful essay in your own words that shows your understanding of the stories and how the author’s themes apply to everyday life. 1) The theme of the coming of age of an eight-year old Afro American boy is poignantly presented in “The Sky Is Gray.” How does the author Ernest J. Gaines develop this theme? How does the reader know the child is learning and can hope he will grow into an upright, mature person? Apply the Elements of Literary Analysis to them and also reflect on the author’s purpose for writing the story. Also discuss your opinion on how these elements apply to psychological processes.