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Illustrated in the poems 'The Lady of Shalott" and 'Ulysses' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 'The Door' by Mir slave Holub and 'The Girl in Times Square', a novel by Paulina Simmons.

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Area of Study - Change (ESSAY) Nicole Orzecki Change gives us roots; continuity gives us branches letting us stretch and grow to reach new heights. Living as we know it wouldn't exist if change didn't occur. This ability to continue changing is the only true security we have. This is illustrated in the poems 'The Lady of Shalott" and 'Ulysses' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 'The Door' by Mir slave Holub and 'The Girl in Times Square', a novel by Paulina Simmons. Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' is divided into four parts, following a strict and consistent meter and rhyme pattern throughout. The Lady of Shalott is a magical being who lives alone on the island of Shalott across the river from fast paced Camelot. The first 2 parts of the poem illustrate a place where everything stands still. There is a severe lack in movement and The lady of shallot's surroundings appears to be idle. This is illustrated through the bleak and dull the poem provides.. "Four grey walls and four grey towers.." "And the silent isle embowers" "Slow horses". The uneventful and bland introduction serves its purpose by setting the tone and mood as a boring one, to only make the end excitingly climatic. ...read more.

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For change. "To rust unburnish'd not to shine in use as to breathe were life" indicates that we aren't living by simply breathing. It suggests that we do not merely exist by the act of breathing but we need to contain a sense of danger, new things and importantly; change. There are constant references to death in the poem "Tis not too late to seek a newer world.. To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars". This suggests that the afterlife can exist as the ultimate journey, the most adventurous and exciting form of transition; something Ulysses anticipates. It is indicated in the poem that Ulysses leaves for his last journey, the journey of death. From both of Tennyson's poem we can see that without change we are stuck at a stand still, making the need for this change inevitable. It can be said that death accompanies change, but this is the risk both Ulysses and The Lady of Shallot took by partaking in change. They both maximized their lives, change being the agent - knowing their fate was in their own hands was the greatest security they had both ever encountered. 'The Door' by Miroslav Holub is a proto-political poem written as a part of the effort of Czech artists and intellectuals attempting to liberate the communist system through cultural acts and writings. ...read more.

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Although, she soon comes to realize throughout the course of huge events; winning the lottery, her best friend going missing, cancer and a new love that change is necessary in order to survive. Lily later acknowledges and understands that change must occur for the truth to be revealed. When Lily is diagnosed with cancer, she has to change her habits and cash her lottery ticket, death being the result of remaining unchanged. She concludes that the future is not a result of choices among alternate paths offered by the present, but a place that we create using our minds and will, then in activity. The future is a place we are creating not going to. The path is to be made not found and through change she can achieve the most unique and fulfilling destinations. It is from the didactive nature of all of these texts we can conclude that change is inevitable. Change can be positive or negative. With change comes responsibility, but the price is always worth what we got for it. The emotive, descriptive language and imagery used in Tennyson's poems, symbolism and simplicity of 'The Door' and the mystery of 'The Girl in Times Square' all profoundly affect the way I have viewed change as a necessary element of living, making it so simple to say that Change by itself is the most powerful agent to growth and transformation. ...read more.

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