Literary Works that Showcase the Effects of Change on People

Topics: Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder, Chinua Achebe Pages: 2 (445 words) Published: January 7, 2013
(Restate quote) Arnold Bennett once said, "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." (Opinion) I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. (Interpretation) Change makes people uncomfortable because it disrupts the way of life they are accustomed to. Even a change for the better removes individuals from their "comfort zones", forcing them to adjust to something new. (Choice of works) This reaction to change is depicted in two works of literature: “The Master Builder”, by Henrik Ibsen and "Dead Men's Path" by Chinua Achebe. Body Paragraph I:

The first passage-
(Topic sentence) In The Master Builder, the protagonist, Solness becomes disturbed when he is forced to adjust to change. (evidence 1) In particular, he is afraid of the change that will occur when the younger generation takes over the older generation, symbolized by his conflict with Ragnar. In order to avoid this change, he keeps Ragnar, a talented upcoming architect, down by not allowing him to go out on his own to start his own business. (evidence 2) Ibsen's characterization of Solness as a middle-aged man who is afraid of change shows his growing weakness and vulnerability, as he allows Hilda, a young woman, to gain power over his will. (evidence 3) This is an example of irony, since the title (The Master Builder) describes a person who is strong and powerful. It is ultimately Solness' discomfort with change that leads to his downfall. Body Paragraph II:

The second passage-
(Topic sentence) "Dead Men's Path" by Chinua Achebe also depicts the drawbacks that may occur when people are forced to adjust to change too quickly. (evidence 1) From the point of view of the villagers, Michael Obi's decision to close the garden path has angered the ancestors, leading to the death of a woman in childbirth. Their discomfort with this change leads them to destroy the gardens and school building. (evidence 2) This footpath is symbolic of...
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