What would be an example of a text that shows teens as being rebels?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would suggest that the idea of the bildungsroman, the notion of a narrative that is "coming of age," is one where the teen years can be seen as one of rebellion in many texts.  The teen years are shown to be where adolescent identity is forged in great part due to rebellion and the desire to foster change.  I think that the modern conception of teenage rebellion could be seen in a character like Holden Caulfield from Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.  In this text, I think that one see a great example of teens being rebels, as Holden defines his state of being in the modern setting as one where rebellion against what he terms of "phonies" is vitally important to both his own sense of self and his place within the world.  Rebellion is a vital aspect of Holden's characterization.  A more modern aspect of rebellion is in the characterization of Melinda from Anderson's Speak.  In this conception, rebellion against established practices and configurations is undergone to find one's own voice and one's own sense of identity.  In  both conceptions, identity of the teen is strongly defined by and marked by the emergence of rebellion.


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