Topic: Change – What is the author trying to say about change? How does she portray the process of change?
Change is at the hand of the individual, it is up to them whether they will or will not.
1. “If you don’t get out here, I’m coming in there and dragging you out.”
2. “You hide who you are, you live half a life. You speak up, then you can be who you was meant to be.”
3. “Butterflies get strong in the struggle. If you help it out of its chrysalis, it doesn’t get to struggle and it’s too weak to fly on its own.”
4. “Lots of pain in life. Lots more joy. You got to find a way to stand through both.”
5. “You know what I say? I say that when you got a voice, you damn well better tell the world who you are. Or somebody else will.”
Left Turn on New Street In the novel Tending to Grace, the readers learn quite a bit about change from Kimberly Newton Fusco through Cornelia. The author portrays many scenarios where Cornelia has the chance to change and she has to choose whether or not she will. She comes upon opportunities big and small, and it’s up to her how she will handle them and how she will grow as a person. She is very passive throughout the story as the readers have seen but gradually becomes more outspoken and independent. She had always lived a life of silence and shame until Agatha brought the person hiding in herself out of her. Therefore the novel proves that change is at the hand of the individual, it is up to him/her whether or not he/she will change At the opening of the book, the readers meet Cornelia Thornhill, a very quiet and insecure young girl. Agatha, her eccentric great aunt, says to her, “If you don’t get out here, I’m coming in there and dragging you out.” She’s trying to “drag” the life and livelihood out of Cornelia, but she just refuses. Agatha is constantly trying to