Life May Change But It Goes On Analysis

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Life May Change, but It Goes On
Analysis of Summer Reading

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.” These words, spoken by Mohandas Gandi many years ago, have also been interpreted in to the popular quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.” In Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flag, Tears of a Tiger by Shannon Draper, and Legend by Marie Lu, characters from completely different time periods and novels see the need for change. In some cases, this is not always the change they wanted to see or were expecting. Each character responds differently
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Andy was driving, his best friend Robbie was in the passenger seat, and Tyrone and BJ were in the backseat. All of the boys but BJ were intoxicated with alcohol. Robbie was killed as the wrecked car burst into flames shortly after the crash. In Sharon Draper’s Tears of a Tiger, Andy spends the majority of the novel, set in the present day, learning to cope with the choice he made to drink and drive on that memorable night that changed his life forever. He struggled with accepting the fact that his best friend is dead because of his lack of judgment and would do anything to spend a day like life was before the accident. For all those affected by the crash, no day will ever be the same without Robbie. Andy was …show more content…
No matter what kind of change the characters faced, they all were timid of it at first. In all cases but one, we saw that the change was accepted and the characters learned to live their lives according to the change they had made. This lifestyle adjustment was not always what the character wanted or foresaw, but each novel resolved the change in a different way. In Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Evelyn falls right into step with her change and would not go back for all the money in the world. In Tears of a Tiger, Andy cannot bear to cope with the variation of life after the wreck, so he removes himself from life as a whole. Lastly, in Legend, June is proud of her new path of life, but also misses her old routine at times. The variation of reactions to change illustrates the difference in time periods, as well as people. Evelyn was a common middle class woman, Andy was a lower-middle class teenager living in the inner-city, and June was a smarter upper class young lady who lived in a strict and oppressive society. June and Evelyn truly became the change they wanted to see in the world. Andy, in my opinion, chickened away from his own life and failed to learn and make the best of the situation that changed his life. The characters reaction, both internally and externally, to change

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