Bildunsgroman narratives are a subgenre of realistic fiction. What is the defining characteristic of these narratives?
The protagonist is often put in life-threatening situations.
The protagonist solves crimes by putting together clues.
The protagonist faces numerous hardships in the story.
The protagonist progresses from childhood to adulthood.
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Which do you believe it is?
I honestly don't have a clue
The term Bildungsroman denotes a novel of all-around self-development. Used generally, it encompasses a few similar genres: the Entwicklungsroman, a story of general growth rather than self-culture; the Erziehungsroman, which focuses on training and formal education; and the Kunstlerroman, about the development of an artist. (The Space Between, 13) Although Great Expectations, Aurora Leigh, and Waterland may fit one of these more specific categories, for the purposes of comparison, I shall discuss the Bildungsroman genre as a whole and how it applies to all three. My definition of Bildungsroman is a distilled version of the one offered by Marianne Hirsch in "The Novel of Formation as Genre":