Change is a concept that everyone and everything experiences in some form or another, and in particular the consequences of these changes. But first what is change? Collins practical dictionary defines change as: An alteration from an original state, to undergo transition or transformation. Change can bring benevolent and rewarding outcomes through personal growth, however it may also have detrimental and negative effects, and these must be addressed and not overlooked these ideas are evident and extrapolated in the texts Sky High by Hannah Roberts, Looking for Alibrandi by Malina Marchetta and The Grandparents by Robert Lowell. These texts also show that people's outlooks and perspectives are constantly altering and reforming. As most changes in these texts relate to intangible features of an individual- personality, emotions, outlook and attitudes- the extent of the change cannot be measured in a standard unit. However, the change can be determined in relative terms, and this measure commences with the attributes and attitudes of the individual before the events of change occur.
The various techniques employed by the composers have helped shape my understanding of the consequences brought about the universal force that shapes our very existence: change.
Sky High and Looking for Alibrandi both explore the concept that change brings about personal growth and development and is therefore a positive consequence.
In Sky High Roberts change can be viewed as positive. The protagonist has grown up and matured and as a result she is now able to take a mature sophisticated approach to her childhood. She makes sense of her childhood by writing this poem in which she uses symbolism "Sky High". She wouldn't be able to use these techniques if she wasn't a grown and capable adult. She takes an adult view of her adulthood "tying her to the ground",