Defining Change Essay

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Defining Change Change can be defined as an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another, the result of alteration or modification, to lay aside, abandon, or leave for another, become different in essence; to lose one's or its original nature, to make different; cause a transformation, or to make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence. There are many different views as to the complexity of change. Some may believe change is an illusion and nothing ever really changes. However, the majority, such as the post structuralism theorists, believe that change is inevitable. Change can be viewed…show more content…
Also, our political world would not be the same. How would we advance in our associations with other countries, if not for the effects of change? Our government, our laws, our beliefs would not have changed from those of our early ancestors. Hence, it is visible that without change our society would be 'stuck in a rut' - with no way to advance and improve. Roland Barthes was interested in the way that signifiers - words which are derived of meaning unless associated with an image or object - were related to each other (intertextuality) and the way they reflect the context and culture from which they came. He believed that no text can stand alone as an isolated work. Rather they echo and reflect each other. Thus, he said, we should never do author centered studies and wrote of the "Death of the Author". Rather, he stated that we should look at a text in its relation to other texts. Barthes ideas led to Post structuralism. Structuralists believed that meaning in literature could be determined by studying the language structures - the signs or signifiers - which represented ideas within a particular culture e.g. white as a sign or symbol of purity or innocence. Post Structuralists, however, argued that meaning can never be fully understood because the cultural ideas represented by those "signs" are themselves constructed by a society rather than
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