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Theme Of Change In The Crucible, Sky High, Titanic, And The Colour Purple

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The global social systems throughout history and today are a constant movement of change seen in emotional, mental and physical patterns. Changes alter perception and perception can manipulate things to change. “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, “Sky High” by Hannah Roberts, “Titanic” directed by James Cameron and “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker, convey the concept of change in an inevitable occurrence or voluntary decisions throughout all aspects of life. Throughout the four texts, various techniques are used to portray these messages, for instance, anecdote, juxtaposition, music, and film techniques.

Miller incorporates the character Reverend John Hale in “The Crucible” as representation of the whole changing town of Salem. Hale is a paradoxical figure that discovers the absence of evil in the people due to the injustices of court decisions. When Rev. Hale first arrives in Salem in Act one, he is very objective about the whole situation of witchery. He questions Tituba and Abigail about all the events that occurred in the forest such as the girls' dancing, and he believes “witchery” was involved. The Salem witchcraft trials began as a result. Hale's personal feelings tell him that Abigail and her friends are innocent, but his Puritan background prevents him from questioning the authority of the court. However in Act Three, Hale realizes that John Proctor, the accused, is an honest man when he would willingly ruin his own reputation in the hopes of exposing Abigail as a “whore”, and denounces the proceedings and left. Ironically, Rev. Hale returns to Salem to encourage the accused to lie in order to save their lives. This demonstrates that Hale's beliefs changed dramatically as a result of the injustices of the court. He became a man of reason who experienced a growth in knowledge and had the courage to stand up for what he believed in, even though his individualistic view opposed the teachings of Puritan society. Unfortunately, his courage could not save John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, or others who were unjustly tortured, and hanged. Hale demonstrates a voluntary change as an influence of surrounding events in Salem.

Hannah Roberts, author of “Sky High” has a similar understanding of Miller’s self change, this time having to accept the inevitable concept of life, ageing/adulthood. Hannah uses an anecdote to share with the responder the contentment and happiness of her carefree childhood in juxtaposition to her new self, being a responsible, grown adult. “Where I was once the curious onlooker, I now write my own semaphore secrets in colourful t-shirts and mismatched socks,” proves this point. The personified washing line also draws an analogy between it and her childhood, being that they both grew old together. This woman changes from a child who climbed, metaphorically, “Sky High,” and now one who is tied down by the responsibilities of adulthood. The juxtaposition of this change is conveyed in the tone used in the text. This tone...

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