The different pathways used by an individual when moving “into the world” are always framed by the societal context in which they exist. These pathways provide opportunities for the protagonist to experience a wide variety of growth and change. The process of moving away from the past and entering a new world is a complex one that involves sacrifice, change and a sense of unknown. The protagonist can be both willing and forced to make their transition into the world, as can be both prevented and encouraged by the opportunities and pathways they are given. The Novel, “Tom brennan” by J.C burke and the film “Billy elliot” directed by Robert Luketic explores the growth and changes that each protagonist must face in order to gain a new sense of knowledge, attitude and beliefs toward society. J.C. Burke's use of flashbacks is an excellent technique. Flashbacks stimulate reader curiosity. It can also be noted that Tom only has flashbacks in the first half of the book. He ceases having flashbacks when he begins his journey 'into the world'. He has to let go of his past in order to move into the future Similarly to
Considered a fundamental aspect of being human, belonging is an ambiguous concept which can offer individuals a sense of identity, security and connectedness. Experiences of belonging are closely related to a person’s interaction with others, as positive experiences can enrich their sense of belonging, and negative experiences can limit their sense of belonging. An individual’s limited experience of belonging through their inability to positively interact with others can often incite them to reject the majority through acts of defiance, self-alienation and rebellion. This notion is extensively explored within Peter Skrzynecki’s poem, St. Patrick’s College, from the anthology Immigrant Chronicle, and Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film A Clockwork Orange as both texts illustrate the protagonist’s limited experience of belonging through their interaction with others...
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