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Coming of Age is a young person’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes places varies as does the nature of the transition. It can be simple or complex. The term coming of age is exemplified when a young character or characters, who by the end of the story, develop(s) in some way, through the undertaking of responsibility, or by learning a lesson.
Transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Age and Transition is different for everyone—
Simple or Complex
Character Develops Emotionally, Mentally, Psychologically
Learns a Lesson and Takes on Responsibility
An epiphany is a sudden realization of the essence or meaning of something.
It is the awakening of a dormant feeling as a character suddenly sees in a different light, a knowledge they should have been aware of before. It is an experience which allows a deeper understanding of a situation.
The word Catharsis literally means purification, to purify or cleansing, to clean.
It is a sudden breakdown, release of overwhelming feelings of great pity, sorrow, laughter, or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal, restoration, or revitalization for the character.
A metamorphosis is a change or transformation in appearance, character or condition. Change can be spiritual or physical.
This change can alter other’s views of a character and one’s view of oneself. A transformation can be for better or worse, but it is, nonetheless, a dynamic change.