Sequencing of "Coming of Age" Story Stages

The Bildungsroman, a story format originating from the end of the 18th Century Germany (in a novel by Goethe) and has become an important narrative genre.

Bildungsroman novels capture the essence of character growth, maturity, and understanding about the world around them. ("bildungs" = formation; roman = novel) Many of the most well-known novels ever written are Bildungsroman in some way, shape, or form. A Bildungsroman novel, at its very core, is a story about a character’s maturing process, especially from childhood; in fact, it is often called a “coming-of-age” story. These novels typically deal with the formative years of a character or their spiritual growth and education.

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Jonas Clarke Middle School
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