"Leave me alone! "You don't understand me! "This is a different century; things are way different than they were back then. "You don't understand the situation! These are the many quotes and statements made by many adolescents today to adults and/or parents when it comes to their life. Though all adults have experience the trials of becoming who they are today, young people, now a days, feel that they are alone in the world and the only people who could genuinely understand them are themselves or other teens. Sometimes, it is necessarily true that parents do not understand their teens though they think they do since they were once teen themselves. But not all the time, the problems teens face today are the same as they were back in the days. To get a true perceptive, it's best to take that step out of the box and into the mind of the adolescent to see life through their eyes. These literary works "Reflections of a Seventeen-Year-Old by Sylvia Platt and Slam, Dunk, & Hook by Yusef Komunyakaa, were able to portray the experience of life through the eyes of a young person by using the rhetorical devices of symbolism, imagery, and point of view.