Teen Blogging Zone: Discussion 8
Coming of age
Many readers consider this novel a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, as Janie’s external journey takes her through southern Florida and her three marriages. Janie finds her voice and learns to use it. In order to trace the development of Janie’s character, use this discussion to explore Janie’s transformation at two major turning points: her confrontation with Joe Starks (Chapters 7-8) and her meeting of Tea Cake (Chapter 10).