In the last post, we discussed how Anne of Green Gables belongs to a long list of classic books we love about orphans. Quite often the orphan’s tale is a coming-of-age-tale, or more specifically a Bildungsroman. A what-the heck? I first thought when I encountered this term reading Great Expectations. According to Wikipedia, it is a sub-genre of the coming-of-age story “that focuses on the protagonist’s psychological and moral growth, and in which character change is thus extremely important”.
Why do we love coming-of-age stories? But more specifically, why do we love reading coming of–age-stories even as adults?
Anne of Green Gables is considered a children’s novel, but as an adult I still find it engaging. Anne’s world is magical and full of wonders she wants to share. From a mother’s perspective, I think of how I may have inadvertently squashed the imagination and creativity of my little ones in exchange for “good behaviour” and need to lighten up a bit. I think Marilla makes the same discovery as she figures out how to parent Anne.
I’m still mulling over this one, but would love to hear your thoughts.