The Nature of Change in Humanity

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Change The nature of change has the ability to determine the final destination of one’s life. Change is an inevitable force that removes the finality of pre-determined decisions,. This is achieved through the introduction of possibilities that may not have been available prior to change. The nature of change can be dissected into specific themes such as change in attitudes, change in emotion and how the concept of change is instinctually feared as a result of human nature. The mentioned aspects of change become evident when analysing the language and visual techniques, and structure of David Malouf’s novel, Remembering Babylon, as well as Richard Kelly’s film drama, Donnie Darko. (2001). A change in attitude has the capability to alter the initial possibilities of one’s life and allows alternate ones to become apparent. A change in attitude can either broaden, or in contrast, tightly narrow ones horizons. Despite these different possibilities, it is certain a modification in attitude will cause original possibilities to become former. In David Malouf’s novel Remembering Babylon this particular aspect of change is explored when Gemmy, the central character, is forced to accept a foreign upbringing from the Indigenous culture as he is stranded on Australian shores. He accepts survival by accepting this drastic change in lifestyle. It is as a result of this that his future is reinvented from a civilised, British upbringing into a nomadic, Aboriginal one. “So he began his life among them, doing what he had always done. It was all he knew. Since he had somehow found his way into the world, his object, like any other creature’s, was to stay in it and by any means he could”, Malouf emphasises Gemmy’s tenacious attitude by allowing the tone to provide an ultimatum. It allows the reader to receive Gemmy’s heightened will to survive as he settles on residing with
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