Changing perspective in a changing world
As certain as the essence of existence, change is an omnipotent process that is often overlooked, but never preventable. The concept of changing perspective is explored in the texts Humans in their Environment by Flacco, Feliks Skrzynecki and Kornelia Woluszczuk by Peter Skrzynecki, Homeland by Anna Maria Dell’oso, and a Leunig Cartoon by Michael Leunig. Through the use of literary techniques including irony, symbolism, and hyperbole, all five texts demonstrate that a person’s inability to change their perspective in a shifting world will result in failure to deal with tragedies in life. The text Humans in their Environment by Flacco is a satirical article about an environmentalist who is accidentally killed when he chains himself to a tree protesting a logging operation. The composer uses the hyperbolic imagery of the protester being “turned into paper pulp” to introduce existential undertones—that life is an aberration, and we are all destined to be returned to the earth. Lives are transformed and are powerless against the forces of change—no matter how strongly we stand against them. The environmentalist’s inability to cope with the materialistic change engulfing the world, and his protest against it has brought about his downfall, indeed his death. The hyperbole adds a degree of dark humour to the text, masking the serious subtext. The composer makes the connection that although change is inevitable, it is often executed in a manner which may be considered unacceptable or undesirable. Feliks Skrzynecki is a poem in Peter Skrzynecki’s “Migrant Chronicle”. It is a poem dedicated to his father, encompassing his changing feelings towards his father. During his youth, Skrzynecki grows steadily away from his father, but as an adult he changes his perspective and world-view, showing admiration for his father’s stoicism and overall contentment with a simple life. Skrzynecki uses the metaphor of ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ to show his...
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