Essay Life May Change, But It Goes On

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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 to their impulses: some are eager, some are hesitant, and some cannot bear to live with the idea and effects of such drastic change. Each character is individualized by their ultimate response to the new road ahead of them. The common need for change, both internally and externally among the characters, all of whom live different lives in different time periods, reveals that opposition to change is human nature. Middle-aged Evelyn Couch is unhappy and genuinely uncomfortable with her life in the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Even though she lived in the 1980’s, she still thought that women were just possessions to men and that they were supposed to stay in the home all day to cook, clean, and be responsible for…

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