Write a Brief Note on Bildugsroman.

Write a Brief Note on Bildugsroman.

Bildungsroman novel originated from Germany. It
is a special kind of novel that focuses on the psychological   and 
moral growth of its main character, from his or her youth to adulthood.

A bildungsroman is a story of the
growing up of a sensitive person, who looks for answers to his questions
through different experiences. Generally, such a novel starts with a loss or a tragedy that
disturbs the main character emotionally. He or she leaves on a journey to fill
that vacuum.

During the journey, the protagonist gains
maturity, gradually and with difficulty. Usually, the plot depicts a conflict between
the protagonist and the values of society. Finally, he or she accepts those
values, and they are accepted by society, ending the dissatisfaction. Such a
type of novel is also known as a “coming-of-age” novel.

1. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (By
Henry Fielding)
Squire Allworthy, a wealthy landowner,
discovers a foundling, Tom Jones. Tom Jones grows up into a lusty but honest
young man, in contrast to his half-brother Blifil, who was all hypocrites.

Tom falls in love with Sophia
Western, but the relationship is opposed by her father, on the basis that Tom
is a “bastard.” After this loss, Tom undergoes many experiences, and finally it
is revealed that Tom is the son of Mr. Summer, a friend of Allworthy, and Mrs.
Waters, who is Allworthy’s sister. Therefore, society accepts him when it is
established that he is not a bastard.

2. Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield
and Oliver
Twist
3. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
4. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane
Eyre
.

The bildungsroman novel
depicts and criticizes those vices of society which cause the protagonist to
suffer. The novel conveys a sense of 
realism.
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