Different types of people have separate views on change. Some like change, others dislike it and there are those that accept it but wish for most experiences or even life to remain unchanged. There are also people who may learn from the change that was so unwanted. Good examples of these types of people are found in the following texts. Sky-high by Hannah Robert, Post Card by Peter Skrzynecki and the Walt Disney film, Lilo and Stitch by Chris sanders and Dean De blois. Written in informal language, Sky-high is a personal text in which the author recollects memories of her childhood adventures on a washing line.
Visiting such memories enables the reader to know how she has a desire to have a child’s life again. Wishing that she could go back to an imaginative and “free” mind. The way in which the world around the child is described let’s the audience gain insight into this “free”, imaginative world of a child. The garden is brought to life with imagination.
In this innocent perspective, simple objects are magically infused with importance and significance, such as, the washing line, which empowers the author to feel “sky-high.” The experiences of a child are limitless. During the story, we take a journey around the garden and into the garden next door before she realises her original plan, .”.. wooden fence and a triangle of the garden next door… my thoughts return to my original plan, the ultimate conquest of the washing line.” She, as a child, was not restricted by and boundaries and the above example is a perfect one to describe how the place around her as a child grabbed her attention and easily entertained her. The use of imagery pushes the idea of her boundless perspectives as a child.
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The washing line is personified with “silver skeletal arms” and metaphorically must be the “best climbing tree” as she sits in her “exalted position” on the washing line. During the author’s flash back, there is nothing but similes and personifications which accomplish in describing the child’s imagination. The clothes are hung “like coloured flags in a secret code”, suggesting the big adventure she is about to embark on. When she is on the washing line, she feels the “air flow” around her outstretched arms and “playfully tousle her” hair. Oh how free a child can be! Oh how she wishes that the experience she once felt could never be changed.
But as the reader is pulled out of the childhood memory, unfortunately things have changed. She has grown up and now looks at life through and adult’s eye. The washing line no longer stands “proud” but instead “older and more age-warped… .” Childish similes are replaced by adult-like metaphors. She describes her ageing as the “line-etched story of life in scars and wrinkles” and her nostalgia as the “small pilot light burning somewhere inside… .” This awareness confirms her change to the adult perspective which fails to see the world in its animated splendour, where clothes that once hung “like coloured flags in a secret code” now hang “mismatched.” She concludes, “There are too many things tying me to the ground.” Taking into account all burdens of adult responsibility that literally and figuratively keep her from being free and keeps her from having that experience remain the way it once was when she was a child.
The perspective of an immigrant is that of an outsider. Naturally, such a perspective influences an immigrant’s perception. Often the response is negative as what is being experienced is alien. Skrzynecki came into Australia when he was a very young, little boy.
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Therefore memories of a town he once lived in are extremely limited. Until, one day, when he receives a post card from a friend which ultimately changes his views on a place he never knew. The poem, with a very appropriate tittle, Post Card, changes perspective radically. Now Skrzynecki views the old world of Poland and finds it as strange and unfamiliar as his parents would have found Australia when they first emigrated. His view is represented on an ordinary and very common object (the post card) that evokes matters of great importance and great significance, which is typical of the poet’s understated manner. The form of the post card intensifies the experience, as it is highly coloured, “the sky’s the brightest shade.” His perception is heightened by this vivid presentation.
He seems to be mesmerized by the post card, soaking up every tiny detail. He can not ignore a presentation which is as striking as this. As he keeps on analysing the post card with his eyes, the city becomes alive and personified. It seems to take a mind of its own. The reader gets to listen to a two-way conversation between him and the city. That even though he does not know it in the way his parents do, nonetheless, it calls him home.
But this experience is strange and unfamiliar and he doesn’t know why this card is calling him or making a big impact in him. The speaker tries to resist this change of perspective that the city would impose in him. He does not belong to the city and he does not know this town, “Warsaw, Old Town/ I never knew you.” But yet the card keeps him transfixed and through repetition of “I never knew you” puts emphasis on his resistance to Warsaw. He believes that this world belongs to his parents and not to him. Nevertheless, the card keeps trying to pull him in. The scene of the card entrances him and has a hold over him that will be difficult to ignore.
He has been chosen by the card. He is one of her own and she will not let him escape from the spell she casts over all her people, past and present. He calls out, “let me be. “Stressing the undeniable pull of his cultural heritage. He is beginning to feel confused and needs something familiar to be with. He does not want this new experience which would un doubtingly change his views.
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But yet in his confusion he rhetorically asks, “What’s my choice to be?” Questioning his choice of home and whether his perspective should change to become part this world too. Only a detached “recognition” seems possible as the poet conveys a sense of frustration as he is positioned between two cultures. In the fifth stanza, a metaphorical battle takes place. The city of his birth demands acknowledgement that he is reluctant to give or can not give because of his lack of knowledge of the town. He continues to resist the call, “I stare / at the photograph / and refuse to answer the voices of red gables / and a cloudless sky.” But the card will not leave him be or let him off that easily. It does not want him to walk away from the cultural heritage.
This is reinforced by the use of the direct speech, “We will meet / before you die.” His perspective will be challenged more immediately and perhaps, changed by a first-hand experience, as opposed to the “third-person” relationship that they formerly established. Even thought he may resist and refuse this change of perspective, instead of regarding Warsaw as another place beyond his immediate experience, he will go there and become a part of it. Sometimes, while these types of people may wish to have life the way it was before it was changed. They may also learn things from the change that was unwanted. This next text is a Walt Disney classic that is drawn in cartoon to make a loud statement that the film is totally fictional. Lilo and Stitch is a hilarious comedy that talks about the power of loyalty, friendship and family.
‘Ohana’ is a Hawaiian tradition of family-“family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. Throughout this movie, ‘ohana’s aves the two most loveable characters, Lilo and Stitch, from uncertain death. The adoption of a dangerous genetic experiment changed the lives of the small and broken family. The only reason why Stitch decides to live with this family is so that he can use Lilo as a human shield against the alien bounty hunters. What he doesn’t realise is that this family is the one who saves him from death. Lilo unlocks his heart and gives him the one thing that he was never designed to have-the ability to care for someone else.
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The death of the parents, leave Lilo’s older sister, Nani in charge of the family, with a day-to-day visit by a social worker, named Cobra Bubbles. Not happy with the way the house and family operate he tells Nani that things have to improve. But as soon as this new ‘dog’ enters the house and comes into her life, things turn ugly and everything goes wrong. Nani loses her job and the social worker gets attacked by Stitch. He tells her that if things don’t improve she is going to lose custody. He tells her that she needs to do two things, “new job, model citizen.” So Nani looks for a job but Stitch ruins everything while he was trying to be a model citizen.
She didn’t get a job and stitch never became a model citizen, so Nani loses custody. She has so much anger for this creature and wishes that he had never entered her life. Lilo runs away but is caught by Gant u, an alien commanding officer and Nani is told that she will never see her again. Yet the creature she hated so much, the change that she wished had never happened, came to her rescue. Repeating the words of Lilo, “ohana means family, family means… or forgotten.” It was here that Nani learns the importance of this Hawaiian tradition.
The powerful words of ‘ohana’ helped break into Stitches destructive mind and unlocked something that was not even created. He rescued Lilo and the family was reunited, Nani found a job and Stitch had become a model citizen. Nani had learnt from a change in her life that she wished she could get rid of. Stitch had taught her about the power of ‘ohana’ and that having this change around meant that life was going to turn out to be better than ever. Through these texts, people may gain insight into the way people may respond to change. Some people, while they accept it, may wish for an experience to remain the same or changed.
Childhood memories are always good to remember and being able to revisit them always leave people wishing that they could stay as a child and never grow-up. Like the life of ‘Peter Pan’. This was most noticed in Sky-high, where she wished to have the imagination of a child but there were too many things tying her to the ground. People may have confusion over whether to welcome the change or not. Peter Skrzynecki’s life was revolving around change and when a post card that is sent by a friend comes to him. His views on the city of his birth are challenged and he is confused about whether he wants this perspective changed.
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People learn that sometime, while the change, at first, seems to negatively impact their lives, life always has a way to correct itself. Nani learns the power of ‘ohana’ and she learns about life, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Things may even turn out to be better than it was before. In studying these texts, it is noticed that people react differently to changing situations. That people are not all the same and those sometimes while change may be bad, there will always be a time in life where it is possible to just accept the change, relax, sit back and let the good times roll.