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Schillizzi 1 Matt Schillizzi Professor Renye 0902 29 April 2010 The Homecoming of the Disciple from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring and of Spencer Brydon from The Jolly Corner In the film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring , the central character has a hard time uncovering where he truly belongs in the world. From not knowing anything about his first few years, he is left with no other options than to grow older at the monastery and become just like his master. But what if he had a choice to leave and start a new life? It took about eighteen years and the motivation of love to persuade the protagonist to finally escape his floating residence and experience the other offerings that the outside world has. Interestingly, the protagonist returns no more than fifteen years later due to feelings of regret and sins he has committed, which all would have been prevented if he had stayed in his original environment. Although leaving is what caused his hardships, the protagonist never would have realized his need for a home like the one he is already accustomed to. Civilizing somewhere else was the reason that he underwent so much anxiety, but at the same time, leaving is also the reason for his gratification upon his return. Altogether, leaving his native habitat was favorable for the developing character from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring because it presented him with the opportunity to break away from his pre-determined lifestyle and choose his own according to his own will. Paralleling that, Spencer Brydon from The Holly Corner experiences the same feelings as he returns to his old home in America after thirty-three years in Europe. Upon his arrival, Spencer reminisces about his old
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Schillizzi 2 cherishing moments in that spot and regrets spending so much time away from it. He may be going through feelings of dissatisfaction, but returning home was his medicine for realizing what his life has been missing. Therefore, escaping their original environments are beneficial for both the protagonist from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring and Spencer Brydon from The Jolly Corner in showing them where their true homes are. Upon his return after leaving the monastery for the first time, the disciple from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring was not able to handle his situation and tried hanging himself. Fortunately his master saved him, and from this, the younger monk was inspired to achieve his desired lifestyle with comfort. The two detectives taking him away from his home for the second time act as a catalyst to show him where his home truly is. They had to drag him into the boat and away from his floating abode, leaving the protagonist with a sense of homelessness. Along with the feeling of loss, the protagonist also shows his bewilderment, which is caused by the older monk utilizing his astonishing powers to show his disciple what one can do (stopping the canoe mid-stroke) as they see each other for the last time. It is no surprise that he returns to the floating monastery after seeing this because
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course ENG 0902 taught by Professor Reynes during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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