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Bildungsroman: Jasper Jones

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on 23 October 2012

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Bildungsroman or a coming-of-age story A Bildungsroman is, most generally, the story of a single individual's growth and development within the context of a defined social order. The growth process, at its roots a quest story, has been described as both "an apprenticeship to life" and a "search for meaningful existence within society." To spur the hero or heroine on to their journey, some form of loss or discontent must jar them at an early stage away from the home or family setting.

The process of maturity is long, arduous, and gradual, consisting of repeated clashes between the protagonist's needs and desires and the views and judgments enforced by an unbending social order. Eventually, the spirit and values of the social order become manifest in the protagonist, who is then accommodated into society. The novel ends with an assessment by the protagonist of himself and his new place in that society. Key features of a bildungsroman? - An individual's personal challenge
- Defined social order
- Some form of loss or discontent
- Break from family or social setting
- Repeated clashes between the protagonist and an unbending social order
- The protagonist reflects on his new place in society Questions: What defined social order is present in the novel? The role of the outsider in literature is a vital one. The author often employs an outsider’s point of view to relate a poignant story, a narration through the eyes of one who is “so close yet so far” in terms of fitting in to the society in which they supposedly already belong. The author uses an outsider as the narrator precisely because the outsider’s view is the sharpest and the most valuable.
2.How many characters do not fit within Corrigan’s rigid social order? What makes them an outsider? 3.Find a quotation which suggests that these characters struggle to fit ‘inside’ the social order What does it take to become and insider? 5.How do you think Silvey has positioned readers to view outsiders? Negatively/Positively/Ambivalent? Writing activity: Write a paragraph which supports or opposes this statement:

The problems with Corrigan lie in its rigid social structure
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