“Change is inevitable” is this true of the texts you have studied? “Change is inevitable” is this true of the texts you have studied?  

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator


Everything, from literature, to the medical field, to the musical field, and even in the political field tends to develop into a diversity of movements. However, let's examine "change" under the umbrella of literary movements, because social change is mainly documented through literature. History influences thinking, and the changes in thinking influence society through literature.

For instance, during the "Dark Ages", society was told to think and act under paradigms and constructs that were based on fear and blatant psychological abuse. Yet, just when the world was at its worse with a combination of religious corruption, poor health, and social injustice, things began to change. 

In came the Middle English period with the invention of the printing press in 1450 which revolutionized the intellectual and literary worlds forever. Because of the invention of the printing press every single field is affected: Religion is affected because of the printing of bibles (and the disputes that came as a result), commerce grew, , reading began as a habit and not as a luxury, people became more educated, and society began to see the world differently. Afterwards came the Renaissance and the glories that it brought in terms of literature and the arts. The Neoclassical period came hand in hand with the Enlightenment, and with it, huge developments began to occur in politics, literature, society, and even religion.

The Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian periods in literature illustrated the massive improvements made in public health and medicine during the 19th century, and the modern day literature still shows a world in constant change from the advent of the Web 2.0 to the radical changes that came as a result of the attacks in September 11, 2001.

Therefore, through any form of literature, change is evident and definitely inevitable.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A French proverb often quoted has things the other way: Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.  That is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same."

Change does occur, inevitably; however, basic human nature does not, no matter how turbulent things become.  What motivated ancient civilizations is not too different from motivates modern civilizations.  Granted, there are new movements, etc. but if change were real, why does history repeat itself so often?

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Change is absolutely inevitable. Regardless of the depth of change, people do change. Texts, throughout history, have depicted change in man. Perhaps one of my favorite texts, which depicts change, is Zola's Germinal.

Movements in literature exist simply because of changing ideologies. We would not have the different periods if change was not inevitable. People simply find things that they are not happy with and try to redirect the masses.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If this post is related to a writing assignment, you can find textual evidence to support the idea that change is inevitable, yes, but you can also find evidence to support the idea that change is often superficial.

Another take on the subject of change supportable in literature is the idea that we often change in unexpected ways.

kinyuagreg | Student

in the novel 'Things Fall a Part' by Chinua Achebe, the main character hangs himself (after the elders cower from sending worriors to fight the white man.) He srongly resists to hold dialogue with the white man as other elders suggest. And as the white administration search for him since he was the leader of the worriors who had planned and invaded the mission, he hangs himself. the coming of the white man in the African society is met by strong resistant n this novel but they find that education and other aspects coming to dilute the African tranditions are far fetched and stronger. Education especiallly is emulated as people take their children to mission schools to learn. this is change that cannot be stopped as we find the opposers failing.


kinyuagreg | Student

in the boook A minata by Francis Imbuga we find the girl child inheriting land contrary to trandition of theAfrican people. this is because of the coming of the white man who after independence leaves the laws of equal rights for all man and woman. the brother Ababio and his chauvinistic uncle Ababio tries to stick to the tranditons of only the boy-child should inherit land but the laws bar them automatically and Aminata- a girl inherits the land.

we also find that Aminata is a lawyer meaning she's educated a phenomena unheard o in the African setting for girls were meant to stay at home and learn parenting and mothering but not get educated.therefore change comes into this society and is surely inevitble as we find a change even in the gender perception since Ababio is a useless village drunkard and irresponsible, whereas he is supposed to be the most learned as the first born entitled to inheritance and heading the family after their father's death.

florine | Student

    Change is opposed to determinism, to preestablished patterns or else change is based on illusion. But change often means developing, growing into something different that is yet not totally cut off from its previous state. To me, "change is inevitable" sounds odd, sounds like death itself, tolling the knell to your most intimate hopes and desires. It shouldn't. Everything including books is subjected to the law of mutability but still change does not prevent human beings from being capable of finding a way to transcend what is a hindrance to the potential development of humanity.