Accepting Change In Mr. Penumbra's Characters

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Change is a part of life whether you wish to embrace is or reject it, change will occur with or without you on board. Through Mr.Penumbra 's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and The Internship directed by Shawn Levy, change is seen as inevitable and constant through the characters in both pieces. While certain characters choose to reject change, those who learn to truly embrace it benefit greatly. For instance, the idea of rejecting change is shown through Corvina as well as Graham and Billy’s characters. Conversely, the idea of adapting to change becomes beneficial for Penumbra himself as well as Sal and Billy who all work to adapt their daily lives to the current times which in turn enhances their business and work life . Finally those characters…show more content…
Adaptation is the key to survival, both Penumbra and Billy realize the fact that they must change their ways of acting or thinking in order to thrive in today’s day and age. Clay recommends the use of technology to Penumbra and proves the benefits by finding a pattern in the codex vitae. Penumbra is consistently taking Clays advice and finding new ways to adapt to the use of technology in everyday life. He even purchases himself e-readers. Penumbra is fully embracing the idea of technology when it comes to the codex vitae, Penumbra says to Clay “this is all quite remarkable. [...] Thank you, my boy. It is because of you that I am here. (Sloan 131)”. Penumbra is truly in awe of technology saying it 's remarkable and thanking Clay for assisting his adaptation.Penumbras new understanding for technology leaves him grateful to Clay after working to understand it and now sees how it can benefit his work and his life. In relation to Penumbras acceptance of technology, Billy matures as a character, showing his effort and acceptance of his new role at Google and technology 's new role within his life. When selling Sal’s business on the idea of how technology can enhance his business, Billy states; “they’ve got their computers, they got their information, it’s all accurate, I get it and I know you do to. I can’t blame you for being a little afraid, hell we were afraid for a long time, grinding it out [...] but i promise you [...] there 's a lot of great possibilities, it 's all waiting…show more content…
Although several characters represent the adaptation to change, those who fully embraced the change and truly benefit are Penumbra and Nick. Throughout Penumbras life he has adapted to the use of books yet after being exposed to the true potential of technology he works to open his mind up to it in order to benefit his life and his business. When Clay tracks down Penumbra in New York, Penumbra reveals his plans; “I have come to make my case [...] computers, my boy [...] they hold the key for us (Sloan 130)”. Penumbra recognizes that the key is not only reachable through the books yet it is reachable through technology as well. Penumbra embodies the element of embracing change, he worked hard and came to a realization that the use of computers is worth making a case for. Similar to Penumbra, Nick works to embrace the new environment that he has been presented through google and even reaches out to ensure that he is making the best of the change that is handed to him. Once Nick becomes a new google intern he immediately searches for ways to embrace this change, “this is me reaching out as an intern, they’ve encouraged us to reach out to experiences Googlers and pick their brain (Levy)”. Nick’s willingness to reach out and learn as much as possible through picking other Googlers brains in order to embrace the opportunity given to him shows just how adaptable he is to change and how he truly embraces every moment. Although Penumbra and Nick face different circumstances,
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