Speech on Change Including Texts J.D Salinger’s Novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’, J.C. Burke’s Novel Tom Brennan and Gus Sant’s Film ‘Good Will Hunting’

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Year 11 English Speech
“The value of texts in developing your understanding of the concept of change.” What is change? As young adults, our understanding of the concept of change can be limited at times. It is when we are able to engage with texts that we are able to broaden our understanding that change encompasses. J.D Salinger’s novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’, J.C. Burke’s novel Tom Brennan and Gus Sant’s film ‘Good Will Hunting’ all employ similar concepts of change. We are able to connect with these concepts as they reflect changes happening in our own lives. This allows us to then develop a greater understanding of the concept of change. We all have to face changes in our life as we grow up. ‘Catcher in the Rye’ deals with the genre of “coming of age”. Holden blames the world's corruption on adults and wants to stop children from growing up and losing their innocence. These perceptions stop towards the end of the novel where he eventually realises that he cannot change this ‘crazy world’ he is in, and finally changes his perspective of reality by accepting that he is powerless. The changes that Holden undergoes are developed through his speech and thought patterns that are written in colloquial, first person language. This gives the reader a greater insight into the world of Holden’s mind as we are able to connect to his way of thinking. Holden uses colloquial language such as “that kills me”, which assists the reader to recognise his characters nature of opposing change. These language techniques empower the reader towards a greater understanding of the concept of change by allowing them to step into the shoes of Holden as he sorts through his land-mine of complexities and emotions. Another similar text is Gus Van Sant’s film ‘Good Will Hunting’. Will’s history of abuse and abandonment has led him to believe that he is a mean, unlovable, and on his own in the world. He sees change and love as unnecessary risks. He is afraid of being vulnerable because it...
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