Presentation on theme: "Common Themes in Coming of Age Literature. Coming of age Synonym/Explanation –Growing up –The mental transformation from childhood to adulthood. Image/Example."— Presentation transcript:
Common Themes in Coming of Age Literature
Coming of age Synonym/Explanation –Growing up –The mental transformation from childhood to adulthood. Image/Example –The O.C. is a coming of age television show that focuses on the lives of teenagers growing up in California.
Loss of Idealism Synonym/Explanation –Destruction of a false sense of security –May start to expect the worst from others –Loss of faith in dreams Image/Example –The girl thought her father could protect her from anything, but his death shattered her idealism. before after
Desire for Independence Synonym/Explanation –(From parents), want to make own decisions, want to be able to do things on your own Image/Example –For many teens, a car = independence
Search for Identity/Acceptance Synonym/Explanation –Desire to belong to and feel accepted by a group, may feel lonely or isolated –Search for answers to the question “Who am I?” Image/Example –Teenagers struggle to feel accepted, but remain unique.
Changing Attitudes and Values Synonym/Explanation –What is important to character changes Image/Example –Once he was accepted at tech school, John stopped playing soccer and started concentrating on his trade.
Testing the Waters Synonym/Explanation –Trying out new things, seeing what you can get away with Image/Example –Though her curfew was 12:00, Suzy kept testing the waters by coming home later and later
Dreaming of the future Synonym/Explanation –Asking…What will my life as an adult be like? What do I want to do when I “grow up”? how will my life be different from my parents’? Image/Example
Resilience (n) Explanation –able to become strong, happy, or successful again after a difficult situation or event –“bounce back” Image/Example –I am amazed by the resilience of the hurricane victims. Word Family Resilient (adj.)
Rite of Passage (n) Explanation A ritual marking culturally significant changes in an individual’s life cycle, such as birth, puberty, marriage, old age, and death Image/Example A rite of passage that occurs at age 16 is ___________. Word Family ritual
Epiphany (n) Explanation moment of understanding or clarity in which a person comes to gain a new understanding about him or herself or the world around him/her Image/Example I had an epiphany when I realized… Word Family
Initial (adj.) Explanation happening at the beginning [= first] Image/Example My initial reaction to the news was complete shock. Word Family Initial phase Initial stage Initial period Initials Initiation
Self-Reliant (adj.) Explanation –Able to decide what to do by yourself, without depending on the help or advice of other people Image/Example –Ellen Foster learned to be self-reliant at an early age Word Family Self-Reliance (n) Reliable (adj.)
Initiative (n) Explanation The ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do Image/Example I took initiative when I…. Word Family Initiation Initial
Conformity (n) Explanation behavior that obeys the accepted rules of society or a group, and is the same as that of most other people Image/Example Many teenagers try to conform to their friends by wearing the same clothes, shoes, and hairstyles. Word Family Conform
Alienation (n) Explanation the feeling of not being part of society or a group Image/Example In this picture, the figure’s alienation is symbolized by his placement in a dark corner. Word Family Alien Alienate (v)
Reconcile (v) Definition if you reconcile two ideas, situations, or facts, you find a way in which they can both be true or acceptable Sentence As I grew up, I began to reconcile the fact that people can be both good and bad at the same time. What your parents want for you What you want