Analysis Of Rainbow's End And Jane Harrison's Rainbows End

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As a result of discovery, individuals are opened to the opportunity to transform and in doing so, renew perceptions of themselves and those around them. In having renewed perceptions, individuals are automatically exposed to new experiences and perspectives, and as a result undergo personal growth. Change is an aspect of discovery that is enabled by past experiences and in this, transformation is achieved. Through Jane Harrison’s Rainbow’s End, a 1950’s play about three generations of an Aboriginal family, and Gwen Harwood’s Father and Child, a poem exploring the transformation of a child we are able to explore the way change is inflicted through experiences of discovery and the responses we find as a result of this. Maturation and…show more content…
Feelings of sadness and sympathy towards Dolly and the situation she is in. Individuals may feel a sense of loss, where they are encouraged to rediscover something about themselves and essentially, gain a new understanding of themselves and those around them. Through the sexual assault scene, we establish that Dolly has lost all the innocence she once endured. As a result of this loss, she matures and transforms into who she becomes. This is shown through Harrison’s use of symbolism. When Dolly’s clothes are stripped off her, this shows essentially the stripping away of her innocence. From this we see that she is no longer a young girl, but a woman. We see this in the the way she defies Jungi. Through Dolly’s discovery and transformation, her emotional state is threatened, thus causing her ultimate change. This concept of Dolly’s loss of innocence transforming into a growth of maturity implies that growth is compulsory as a result of a loss or significant event in an individual's life. Some discoveries may be the result of significant experiences that one undergoes. In moving on from these experiences, the discoveries can be provoked and have the ability to open the eyes of individuals. Gwen Harwood’s “Father and Child” explores the growth and maturation of a child. Harwood shows the juxtaposition between innocence and maturity and the way that discovering this deepens the perception one has of the world. The

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