Bildungsroman

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Jaime Lannister from a song

Jaime Lannister from a song of ice and fire is a perfect example of this

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 23:21
Catch me outside

An excellent example of Bildungsroman would be Jane Eyre's progression throughout Victorian England as she remains strong-willed when women had no say in society

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:29
Sweet

This is great

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:42
A movie about Bildungsroman

So Boyhood?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 12:52
Example

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is bildungsroman.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:50
If it focuses on the growth of a central character........

Wouldn't that make most T.V. shows, comics (as in Marvel, D.C., and manga), and book series to be bildungsroman stories?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 21:45
Yes

It would

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 03:16
So in the case of 1984,

So in the case of 1984, Winston Smith's experiences in the novel are a bildungsroman, or would O'Brien's be a bildungsroman; or maybe Both? Then, too, we have to consider Julia's plight, but would this be Reverse Bildungroman??? Just trying to feel this out and not be cantankerous, of course.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 21:13
Example

Diary of Anne Frank as Anne grows emotionally in the book. She starts by being a bratty person, but later grows accustomed to the Annex.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/10/2016 - 06:40
good example

White Fang by Jack London

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:25
Coming of Age

It is a coming of age story. Huck Finn is a great example. (or Tom Sawyer)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:07
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Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:01
Tokyo Ghoul.

Tokyo Ghoul.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:29
Yes. Just yes.

Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/05/2016 - 14:39
it is german but not quite what most people here say

'Bildung' has several meanings in German, 'Roman' means novel.

It can mean 'education' (as a noun), or the process of being built. Although I'd rather have interpreted the word Bildungsroman as a novel that is read for educational purposes before I read the description on this website, apparently it has taken on the meaning of a story/novel that told based on the 'Charakterbildung' ([progressive] development of the novel's protagonist).

It's nice that people here took German classes but I am natively German, ESL learner on exchange, which is why I came to this site.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:53
Welcome

U r welcome to 'murica.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 05:08
Example

John the Savage from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 05:17
yes

yes (i just finished that book for the first time just this morning :D )

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:41
Edna from The Awakening

Would Edna from the novel The Awakening counts?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:55
Hunger Games

The Hunger Games trilogy has lots of this.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:56
Harry Potter

Harry Potter series is a fine bildungsroman, lots of personal growth for sure. :)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:11
Janie Woods

Does Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God count?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 05:01
A Long Way Gone? Is that an

A Long Way Gone? Is that an example?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 04:43
Example

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 04:38
Forest gump is an example

^

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 23:17
Is Forrest Gump a good example?

I can see that Forrest goes through many amazing things and he becomes wealthy - but does it change him at all from the man he was at the beginning?
I thought the interesting thing about Forrest Gump was that it was almost an ANTI Bildungsroman, because all this stuff happens to a central character that stays as innocent, impressionable and non-judgmental as he was at the start.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:37
Forest Gump

I agree. Forest Gump remained the same person throughout the story. It is not a bildungsroman story.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 21:23
Jane Eyre is a good example

Jane Eyre is a good example

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 01:52
TKAM

Like in To Kill A Mockingbird.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 20:31
Is this like the

Is this like the metamorphasis of a character?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:21
Actually...

"Bildung" in this case means to build up or to shape something. Trust me I took German for three years. So basically it means that they are building up their persona in the novel.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:24
i love this word

i love this word

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:31
It is a development novel

A bildungsroman can be termed as a development novel,it shows growth and change of a central character

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 08:06
This style of writing...

Is beautiful. I love it.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 18:26
It's from German. I think it

It's from German. I think it goes something like this: A Bildung is a portrait or picture. A Roman is a novel. They attach their adjectives to their nouns in German. So it's like a "portrait-novel" of the character.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 06:39
I am sorry to contradict you,

I am sorry to contradict you, but Bildungsroman means a "novel of growth" if that makes any sense. Bildung means learning, education but not portrait or picture as you said. I believe you are confusing Bildung with Bild. So in a Bildungsroman the main character learns, gets educated (in all aspects), grows as a person.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:32
AMAZE

WO...W

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:15
Brilliant!!!

Brilliant!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 23:27
Thx!

Thx! Tomorrow was the last day!;)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:52
Origination

Did this literary element come from the Romans?/since it has the word "roman" at the end.( This is a serious question. I need to know where this literary element originated)! Glad if anyone replied; I would deeply appreciate it.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 02:40
Etymology

Yes, it does come from "Roman" in the traditional sense, German "Roman" (novel) comes from "romance" and the term Bildungsroman means quite literally "growth romance." We in America interpret the term romance to mean a very particular thing, but traditionally the term "romance" means any story involving a central character or hero, so there is quite a bit of difference from the "love story" that we in the English-speaking world identify with.

The Roman, or Romance, is one written in the Roman style, in a "romance language."

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 01:13
the word is of german origin

the word is of german origin and means coming of age

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 02:51
Coming of Age?

Bildung is education and a Roman is a novel. Perhaps you're thinking of an educational novel?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/11/2012 - 21:05
No, you're thinking too

No, you're thinking too literally about it. It is sometimes called a coming-of-age novel in English.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 23:55

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