HSC Area of Study Changing Self (Gwen Harwood).

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HSC Changing Self

Change is inevitable, but the outcomes of change depend on an individual's response to the changes which occur."

Discuss how the techniques used by the composers highlight ideas about Changing Self which have influenced your ideas about this aspect of change.

Over time, change will always occur, but the extent of the change depends on the individual, and the way that he or she responds to the events that occur. Each different persona will have different reactions, as evident in Gwen Harwood's poems Prize-Giving and The Glass Jar, the prescribed text Sky-High, Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth, and the film Life As A House, directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Kevin Kline. 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 extent of change may also depend on whether an event is expected and whether the persona can prepare for the event of change. Preparation can be seen to reduce the impact of an expected event, but can also be seen as a response to the expected event.

In Prize-Giving, the response of Eisenbart is portrayed through the shattering of his arrogance, complacency, and pride. The composer portrays this clearly using sarcasm, juxtapositioning of contradictory ideas, imagery, and the jarring effect of the loose and flowing sentences against the formal ABCBA rhyme scheme. In Sky-High, the composer highlights ideas of time and memory, the thrill of childhood, and maturation, applying techniques including comparison, retrospect, and striking imagery. In The Glass Jar, Harwood uses techniques of vivid...