Buildungsroman - Leaman Kaitlan Leaman Mrs Weidman English I CP 21 February 2017 All Grown Up Have you ever wondered how a person can grow up or change

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Leaman Kaitlan Leaman Mrs. Weidman English I CP 21 February, 2017 All Grown Up Have you ever wondered how a person can grow up or change? According to Dictionary.com, “a bildungsroman is a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a protagonist.” A Separate Peace by John Knowles, is a great example of a bildungsroman. The novel is a bildungsroman because Gene becomes braver, wiser, and resolves his guilt. The main character, Gene, deals with a lot of fear growing up at The Devon School. He feels that he is battling with a war of fear in his mind. When Gene looks back at his years at Devon, he realizes that he had a lot of fear. He says, “ . . . the well known fear which had surrounded and filled those days,” (Knowles 10). Gene lived a fearful life because he was afraid of himself in a way, but he realized that it needed to be stopped so got over it and soon became brave. “. . . the fear I had lived in, which must mean that in the interval had succeeded in a very important undertaking: I have made my escape from it,” (Knowles 10). It is a great example of
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