Representation of Change in Literary Texts

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Any individual will experience many changes in their lifetime; these may be physical changes or more importantly an inner change. Many literary texts accentuate the inevitability of change and how the environment that engulfs the individual shapes their character. It is for this reason that it becomes essential for an individual to adapt to their environment and embrace the abundant opportunities it presents. This notion is encapsulated on a general level by Miroslav Holub's poem The Door which revolves around an opportunity for change, encouraging the reader to openly accept these opportunities and adapt into the environment. In Williamson's play The Removalist the character of Ross follows his hidden propensity for violence after he is no longer able to overcome the ridicule and insults aimed at him. Quite alternatively, the protagonist Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye is portrayed as an individual who rejects his involvement with society.

However, through Holden's hypocritical character Salinger encapsulates the notion that change is inevitable and that anyone is a product of their environment.

Miroslav Holub's Poem, the Door revolves around the countless opportunities for change that life presents. Its uses the notion of a 'Door' as a symbol for the barriers that confines and limits individuals. The poem begins imperatively, telling the reader to "go and open the door" and venture into a world of astounding complexity and wonder. This is juxtaposed by the hesitant tone in which the words "maybe" and "if" are spoken. This implies the uncertainty of the outcomes of 'opening the door' and how change can vary from something quite fascinating such as a 'magic city' to something rather dull such as a 'draught'. To emphasize the message in the poem, the words 'go and open the door' are repeated at least once in...