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Change is the alteration of a physical, spiritual or emotional state over a period of time. These changes are evident in the three texts studied and will be discussed during this essay. Ad-VERSE-ity - a verse novella - was the first core text studied composed by students from Collingwood Alternative School in collaboration with published poet Amelia Walker. The second text studied was a reflective short story written by Hannah Roberts, which deals with the narrator remembering her childhood experiences and how much has changed from then to the present day. The third text that will be discussed are the lyrics to the song ‘Where is the love?’ by Black Eyed Peas. The lyrics represent change by highlighting the disintegration of society’s values. Different aspects of change are present in all three texts, whether it is change for the individual or change to society as a whole. Change is represented through the use of different techniques that help engage the reader to think about how change affects their own lives, as well as the protagonist’s lives.

Change is an alteration to something that can be both sudden and unexpected. Ad-VERSE-ity is a series of 15 poems by Collingwood Alternative School and Amelia Walker that portrays the changes that occur in the protagonists, TJ’s, life. Episode one is a prime example of sudden and unexpected changes, as it shows how TJ’s life is thrown upside down after discovering the police are searching for his brother, Vincent. Through the use of various language techniques, it is evident how the core of a person’s life can become disturbed. The first technique is the use of the simile, ‘The sight grips me like an anaconda”. The use of this technique allows the reader to feel the shock and despair that TJ is feeling when he saw the physical changes that have occurred in Vincent’s life. By using comparison, it also allows the feelings of the reader to be emphasized. The second technique is the use of a metaphor in paragraph...
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