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Change whether is be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, is an inevitable and transforming experience which has the ability to be viewed as either positive or negative depending on the individuals perception of change. Change and change in self is a process that occurs from the day we are conceived and continues until the day we die. Nothing is constant, even the few perpetual processes that we undertake in life, such as birth and death, are unpredictable. The one consistency of change is that it will eventually occur and similarly the effects of change are just as inevitable as the change itself. In exploring change in self we consider texts such as the door, sky high and fractals from the Changing Stimulus Booklet, the film American History X by Tony Kay, the poems Barnowl and Nightfall by Gwen Harwood and the song Inspiration by John Butler Trio. These texts use language and film techniques to shape this meaning of change and change in self. In the various texts noted above the changes that occurred to individuals perspective, attitudes, surroundings and ultimately themselves were brought on largely by external influences, usually in the form of a dramatic realization or by a series of smaller discoveries. In the short story Sky-High by Hannah Roberts, the external force that influenced her change in self was brought on due the fact that she has aged and matured. The washing line in this short reflective piece, as the narrator remembers her childhood experiences, symbolizes the changes in ones life and the strength of memories. We see this throughout the story with the use of metaphors, e.g. "The best climbing tree in the yard, stood proud on a mound of concrete." The metaphor here describes the washing line as a tree that she can climb, rather than...
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Change is an ongoing process that involves the alternation of one state to another. However, the way individuals respond to that change is largely determined by their perspective, of how they see and understand things as well as their underlining psychological, social and ideological constructions. The process of change may be spontaneous and it involves pre-change, catalyst and outcomes. In studying "Looking for Alibrandi" by Melina Marchetta, this concept of change is shaped in terms of the central character Josie's experience and lessons. Not only that, this universal theme is also observable in texts as diverse as "The Door" by Miroslav Holub, "American History X" by David McKenna, "My father began as a god" by Ian Mundie and "Student finds enlightenment in an embrace with her heritage", an article out of the SMH written by Cynthia Banham. Collectively, various composers utilise a range of textual forms as well as stylistic techniques to convey the notions of change. Initially, the protagonist Josie of "LFA" takes a melancholic stance towards her position in the society. Her psychology is affected by her insecurity and confusion towards her cultural identity. "As far as the Italians were concerned, we weren't completely one of them…We weren't completely Australians." The use of "we" brings the reader closer to Josie by speaking as if the responder belongs to her own social context, thus achieving empathy. Josie's perceptions and ideology is shaped by her social background "At St Martha's...brains didn't count as much, money prestige and what your father did for a living counted…it makes me feel that I will never be part of their society." First person narration is used in compliance with the confession style direct speech which effectively creates empathy as Josie never lies about her inner feelings. Being illegitimate and belonging to a lower-middle class, Josie's...
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"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract." Oliver Wendell Holmes Racism- it's almost impossible to turn on a news program, read a newspaper, magazine article, or engage in a political discussion without that word coming up at one time or another. This rage has many forms, from the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan, to the shaved heads and swastikas of today's skinheads. All these ideas are presented within the movie American History X, when the audience joins the lives of Derrick and Danny Vinyard. Moreover, the movie allows people to see the many sides of racism present in everyday life. As the movie progresses, the viewers begin to learn that racism is passed on from generation to generation, it knows no culture, and that there is no room for racism in society today. Family traditions and heritage are customarily passed from parent to a child. Not only are favorable traditions passed on, but also the adverse traits of the parents. If racism was not passed on throughout history then we would not witness it on the streets and in our own homes today. We must learn to put racism in our past and begin to mature as a society. We must all learn to set examples and see people for what they have to offer, instead of for their outside appearances. If people begin to believe, just as Derrick and Danny did, that "Every problem in this country is race related" our whole world will be drastically altered forever. Children can only gain knowledge of such false accusations from the media and those they have learned from throughout their lives. Ideas of such hate cannot just appear in somebody's head, but instead are learned from...
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American History X is a very great movie. It is about a young skinhead who is living a life he thinks is just. A life filled with hatred and crime. It all changes, though, when he is arrested for murder and sent to prison for three years. He comes out a changed man, and attempts to get his family out of that life permanently, but discovers his younger brother has taken up the cause. The movie is told in black and white, which shows great symbolism. The movie shows a great dominant American value. Tony Kaye, the director, lays the symbolism on pretty thick. The black and white is reserved for the flashbacks, which show the older brother in his pre-enlightenment days. The lack of color is supposed to indicate, I guess, that he's not really living like that. It's not until he realizes that racism is wrong, that the colors of the world open up to him. Either that, or it was just a tool to clarify for the audience what was a flashback and what was the present, but that is clearly not what it's for. The movie shows a lot of dominant American values. Mostly, the movie shows racism and group superiority. American History X is about racism. The movie shows a lot of group superiority. The movie depicts the "white" race as the "super" race. Later on in the movie, the older brother learns that there is no difference between white and black. he finally realizes that racism is wrong while he is in a prison....
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-Americas Animated Satire of The Simpson's- Before The Simpson's was introduced many sitcoms were quite bland and a perfect reflection of family life. Matt Groening decided to make a program that reacted against these middle class sitcoms. The purpose of The Simpson's is to entertain us; otherwise no one will watch it. However The Simpson's also expose stereotypes that satirize aspects of mainstream cultures and institutions that are wrong, as a way of ridiculing them. Along with my young sister, I find that the best show on TV is The Simpson's. We enjoy seeing Bart and Lisa getting into trouble, because we can relate to some of the situations, and because it has a lot of funny moments that even children will enjoy, such as the time Barney rolls into everyone during the soccer riot. My parents and I enjoy it as it has adult jokes and adult themes such as when Patty and Selma are seducing the repairman. Many other animated sitcoms like South Park have failed to equal The Simpson's wide age range and that is a reason why they don't match The Simpson's' accomplishments. In "The Cartridge Family", Homer buys a gun to protect his family after a citywide orgy of destruction. Homer abuses the gun though. For example he tries to turn the channels on the TV by shooting at it. Marge who feels guns will endanger the family makes Homer choose between his family or the gun. The Simpson's also satirizes some aspects of American mainstream culture. The main aspect in this episode is the gun culture. In this episode, The Simpson's are trying to persuade us that guns are dangerous, because in America many people own guns. To do this The Simpson's exaggerate that guns put your family at a lot of risk instead of protecting them....
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American History X is a movie about the significance of hate crimes and how to overcome racism. The movie starts in black and white representing a flash back. Derek, who is a neo-nazi, kills two black men after they break into his car. One of them he smashes his face against the curb. Derek gets thrown in jail for three years. Danny, his younger brother, is on the same path as Derek was. Once Derek gets out of jail all he tries to do is turn Danny away from the racism that consumes his life. Danny is given an alternative history assignment in his new history class, American History X, where he is supposed to write about how Derek's time in prison has changed and influenced his life. Derek goes to a party where all of his former skin-head friends are to be. He talks with the "ring leader" who schooled him on how to be a true skinhead. Derek informs him that he wants out and that he's changed. The two men get into a fight which causes aggression from the other skinheads against Derek. Derek manages to get away where he and Danny sit and talk. Derek tells Danny what happened to him in jail. He was a part of the skinheads in prison, but never realized that at the same time he was befriending one of his black co-workers. The skinheads notice this and rape Derek in the shower room. This causes Derek to slowly change his ways. He gets help from an outside source and stands his distance from the skinheads. Derek's story really affected Danny; so much in fact that Derek and Danny take down all of the Nazi paraphernalia in Danny's room. The next day Danny goes to school with his history assignment in...
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"American History X" is a movie that was made in the year of 1998. This film is starring Edward Norton who plays the lead role of Derek Vinyard. This movie takes place in Venice Beach, and Compton. It portrays the life Derek before during and after his involvement in a gang. The story is told through the narration of his younger brother Danny. The movie begins with the crime that Derek commits that puts him in jail. A car of black men come to his house and begins to vandalize his car. His little brother Danny runs into Derek's room and tells him and Derek runs outside and kills two of them with a gun, and from there the story begins. Derek is the leader of a white supremist nazi gang called the DOC. One of the top teachers at Danny's school hears that Danny had written a paper on Hitler and calls him into his office to talk, and asked him to write a paper about Derek. He does this in hopes that Danny won't follow in Derek's footsteps. He assigned this paper on the same day his brother Derek is being released from prison. The two groups of gangs in this movie are the Nazis vs. Crips (white vs. Black). This particular gang (DOC) is started by a man named Cameron Alexander. He recruits kids who are troubled and from this method is how he finds Derek. A black guy killed Derek and Danny's father on the job as a firefighter. This is where his motivation and hatred of black people was derived. His little brother Danny looked dup to him so much he just wanted to follow in his footsteps. The movie flashes from past to present and when it's in the past it is black and white, when it...
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What is intelligence? Scientists characterize intelligence as the capacity to learn or to understand. Intelligent people can attain information quickly and easily, and they can remember what they have learned. Do humans and animals have the same intelligence? Humans are very intelligent. They are intelligent because they built cities, written books, and even been to the moon. Human intelligence is within and it's in our nature. Intelligence is innate we are born with it, you either have intelligence or don't but you can have different levels of intelligence. Some may have a low intelligence while others can possess a high intelligence. Intelligence doesn't solely depend on marks at school but rather on the overall ability to decide for oneself solutions to common every day problems that life may bring. There are eight types of intelligence which, are called logical/mathematical, linguistic, visual/spatial, Kinaesthetic, musical, naturalist, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Logical/mathematical intelligence is people who are good at math, are logical thinkers, and are rational thinkers. Linguistic intelligence is people who enjoy reading, writing, and listening. They also have a wide vocabulary, and enjoy listening to music. People who have visual/spatial intelligence enjoy doodling, drawing, and have good visual imagination. Kinaesthetic intelligence is that people are very active, enjoys sports activities, and dancing. Musical intelligence is people that listen to wide range of music, has good sense of rhythm, and sings along with songs. Naturalist intelligence is people who are interested in gardening, and may watch nature programs on television. Interpersonal intelligence is people, who are very people person, enjoys company, and notices people's moods and response to them. Intrapersonal intelligence is, people that are very quiet, prefers to be alone, and sends the vibe of being shy to others....
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Introduction To The Topic American History X is a great film that portrays prejudice, stereotyping and conformity. Prejudice is negative attitudes toward others based on their gender, religion, race, or membership in a particular group. Prejudice involves beliefs and emotions that can turn into hatred. Having an opinion or idea about a member of a group without really knowing that individual is a part of prejudice. Some people make judgments about a whole group of people without knowing very much about them. Sometimes people are afraid of those who seem different from them and unfortunately, they express that with name-calling and negative treatment. When people grow up with these ideas, sometimes it's hard to get rid of them. Like in the movie American History X, a father is sitting at the family dinner table and states his opinion of why he feels certain people of minority groups got their job. This influences how his children feel. Prejudice is a premature judgment, a positive or negative attitude towards a person or group of people, which is not based on objective facts. The prejudgments are usually based on stereotypes, which are shared beliefs about the characteristic traits, attitudes, and behaviors of members of various social groups including the assumption that the members of such groups are usually all alike. As the story line unfolds in American History X, the main character of the story will realize that not all people of a particular race are the same. A prejudgment may be based on an emotional experience we have had with a similar person, sort of our own personal stereotype. Stereotypes also provide us with role expectations. How we expect the other person or group to relate to us and to other people. Our culture has many of ready made stereotypes such as leaders...
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