The experience of moving into the world can challenge individual's beliefs and attitudes. The texts The Story of Tom Brennan and Edward Scizzorhands illustrate this through their featured themes of belonging and the introduction to a new world.
The Story of Tom Brennan illustrates that the introduction to a new environment can force an indiviual to rethink their beliefs and attitudes. The plot takes Tom and his family, the Brennans out of their home town after tragedy strikes and they are forced to move and “start from scratch” or readjust to their new surroundings. Tom is an unwilling candidate in choosing to settle down and participate in activities he otherwise enjoyed, due to the recent trauma to his life and the difference that his new settings provides, in terms of their methods of carrying out activities. For instance Tom, in chapter 14, displays an unwillingness to really “get into the game” when he and his football team go away for camp, stating “The 16As would be better than this lot...” implying that the previous footy teams he had been a part of were better than the one he was in because of the way they played. By the end of this camp though his ideals around the matter and towards his fellow players had changed with Tom's thoughts being “I meant it when I said the Bennie's fellas were okay. They were top blokes.” It is in this way that the protagonist's beliefs with regards to the way things should be done and attitudes towards life change as time progresses and he is forced to readjust to his new surroundings. The protagonist's experience of moving into the world has meant that his beliefs and attitudes towards the world have been challenged by a change in his surroundings and the culture of it.
Edward Scizzorhands explores the concept of new experiences by questioning the beliefs of an individual through the eyes of the protagonist, Edward. Edward is an artificial man developed for use in a factory with the unusual oddity of having scizzors...
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