• Search for Identity

    How do I fit into society?

    Who am I?

     

    Individualism

    Human Independence

    Individual Rights

    Individual Desires

    Free will

     

    Freedom

    American ideal

    All people created equal

     

    The Journey

    Setting moves and changes

    Character grows up as he/she travels

     

    Rite of Passage

    Reaction to major life events

    Examples: Birth, Death, Marriage, Loss of a Loved One, Graduation

     

    Frontier

    Unexplored area

    Survival story

    Adventure

     

    Moral Struggle

    The characters struggle to understand or accept an idea

     

    Rebellion vs. Conformity

    The character fights against “fitting in” and accepting the old ways

     

    The American Dream or the American Nightmare

    America-land of opportunity and dreams

    The DREAM is fulfilled

    The DREAM becomes a nightmare

     

    Innocence or Innocence Lost

    Tragic event causes the character to lose his childhood innocence very quickly

    The tragic event continues to affect the character

     

    Coming of Age

    Character moves from childhood to teenage years

    Character may grow from a teen to an adult