Old Ideas are Corsets – or Steampunk characters coming-of-age

 

my favourite steampunk-corset

Bildungsroman stories are coming of age narratives where the personal growth of the protagonist is the main plot point; 19th century examples would be Great Expectations and Jane Eyre. Personal growth means learning and accepting new ideas … which can be very hard, even for a teenager. Most growth is painful in some form or another, as most lessons are learnt from making mistakes.

Old ideas and values are corsets, holding a straight-laced character rigidly in place. While giving support to a character, they also restrict their viewpoint. Cutting the laces gives the character freedom, but it also means that they have to grow a backbone.

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Filed under Characterization, Steampunk, Steampunk Feminist, Steampunk Genre, The Writing Life, Uncategorized, writing

3 responses to “Old Ideas are Corsets – or Steampunk characters coming-of-age

  1. Great analogy, and that steampunk bodice is gorgeous!!

  2. Thank you. I was rather taken with the analogy.

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