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Change is inevitable however the manner in which change is accepted or embraced by the individual will eventually result in a change in self. This is evident in the poems “The Door” by Miroslav Holub and “Glass Jar” by Gwen Harwood; “The Crucible” a play by Arthur Miller; “Mother Who Gave Me Life” by Gwen Harwood and the song “Mama” by Spice Girls.

“The Door” by Miroslav Holub, in the form of a poem demonstrates that a change in self will result from experiences in which one encounters, depending whether the individual will embrace the change or not. The poem presents “the door” as an extended metaphor that represents embracing change and also as a symbol. Embracing change or not will depend on whether the individual wishes to remain in the state they are or leave that limited world through the door. Thus, the door is also a symbol; a closed door represents a barrier, which keeps us confined and limited, whereas an open door introduces new possibilities by allowing us past that barrier; therefore exposing ourselves to change. The poem begins with, “Go and open the door”, a short, powerful and demanding imperative that is repeated throughout the poem. The use of the imperative creates an emphatic tone which entreats the reader to step “outside” of their ‘comfort zones’ and open themselves self up to change in order for a change in self to occur. By opening the door, the individual enters a new state of being filled with opportunities and possibilities. This is presented through the imagery employed by the composer, suggesting to the reader that nothing is certain once that door is opened, only possibilities such as a single “tree” suggesting growth in character; to a beautiful and benign “garden” which suggests an improvement in one’s life, progressing through to a wondrous “magic city”. This process continues even to the unpleasant sight of “a dog’s rummaging” in searc...

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