Into the World Essay

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“Transition in a broader world brings equal measure of pleasure and pain” Discuss with close text-reference to the Story of Tom Brennan and two texts of your own choosing. The novel ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ written by J.C Burke and the film ‘Precious’ directed by Lee Daniels are two texts which revolve around the notion that an individual will experience pain when transitioning into the world, but when the transition is over they are meet with equal amounts of pleasure. The attitudes of individuals are important to the way the persona cope with venturing into the world. In TSOTB tom originally has a sour attitude towards his new environment but soon finds it easier to accept his new scenario and to work with it with a positive attitude. This is also apparent in Precious as she at first has a negative attitude towards most things in life due to her home situation and school but once she transitions into the world she gains a more positive attitude. The actions of individuals can create positive change and enable the person to push through various boundaries which may lead to new opportunities. Both texts show this through the personas going through difficult times and when they begin to act on their situations opportunities start to fall in front of them. Toms negative attitude towards his new environment prevent him from successfully moving ‘into the world’. J.C Burke reveals Toms negative attitude towards Daniels actions that ‘ruined’ his life through the use of the motif of darkness and blackness. Tom refers to being “sucked deeper into that long black tunnel” and his “black moods”. In attempt to escape his past Tom begins to lose his passion for football as he is unable to play with his big brother anymore. When he is selected for the St Bennies team he states “I don’t want to play, this isn’t my life anymore”. Toms negative attitude towards his situation result in his unsuccessful transition into his new world. Throughout the beginning of the film we are...
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