The Invisible Change

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As I have journeyed through high school, I have become aware that the process of digesting and understanding characters in a well-written novel can help you better understand your own self and past experiences; meanwhile, the reading process can help you improve upon your character by providing a framework to help develop your future self. Personally, I connected with the main characters, Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy in the novel Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen and the character Alex in A Clockwork Orange written by Anthony Burgress. Indeed, the girl who started reading the novels, Pride and Prejudice and A Clockwork Orange, was not the same girl who finished them; however, it’s not like I glossed over the lines of these novels and automatically felt a change inside myself. The transformation of my self-understanding was much more subtle than that, similarly to spices in a soup. You know the seasoning is there when you taste the soup, but your eye cannot detect each individual grain of spice. My internal change, which can only be seen through my behavior or actions and relationships with others, was a result of much contemplation over how I related to the three characters. Without looking into my self to find my relations with the characters, I do not believe I would have been able to connect and eventually grow from the two novels. My experiences with these novels have transformed my self-understanding and thus positively changed how I interact with others, shaping me into the person I am today.
When I was a freshman taking honors English, the novel, Pride and Prejudice, was presented to me. After delving into it, I almost automatically loved the novel because I could truly relate to the main character, Elizabe...

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...novel, I can become more aware of parts of myself, good or bad, that I did not know existed before. Having a higher awareness of yourself is the ultimate key to help you grow and flourish in life. Although books for me serve as catalysts for self- transformation, they are not the only vehicles that allow a person to develop a stronger self-understanding. Illness, tragedy, pain, or relationships are just some of many catalysts for self-transformation. From my experiences thus far, after much pondering, I have conclude that physical events or experiences that stimulate a positive or negative emotional response, can serve as a catalyst for transformation. Once one can grasp ahold of this idea, one will be able to have a transformation in one’s own self-understanding; therefore, will start the process of changing their behavior, actions, and relationships with others.

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