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"A journey is more than just movement from one place to another. It is about learning and growth." What have you learned about the importance of journeys from your study of Imaginative Journeys?

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"A journey is more than just movement from one place to another. It is about learning and growth." What have you learned about the importance of journeys from your study of Imaginative Journeys? BY ELISE THOMPSON A thorough study of journeys reveals that a journey is much more than just movement from one place to another. Journeys are about learning and growth, and they have the potential to teach people about themselves and the society in which they live. An Imaginative Journey is one in which the individual doesn't in fact have to go anywhere in the physical sense. The physical journey is replaced by an expedition that is fuelled by the human capacity to imagine. Imaginative Journeys create endless possibilities. They can offer an escape from the realities of life, and are frequently used to comment on social or human traits and characteristics. Imaginative Journeys are represented in the focus text, "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, the 2003 calendar cartoon in the Sydney Morning Herald by Michael Leunig, and the Board of Studies Booklet Prescribed text "The Road Not Taken", a poem by Robert Frost. The composers attempt to create a world in which imagination dominates the actions and desires of the characters, as they are taken on a journey of magic and discovery. In "The Tempest", Shakespeare attempts to generate a world where the audience is transported to a world of magic and superstition. This is successfully achieved through the utilisation of numerous dramatic techniques such as setting, symbolism, creation of conflict and characterisation. ...read more.

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He explores the ups and downs of life, and depicts how ordinary people can perform extraordinary tasks through the utilization of their imagination, and a willingness to believe that each and every day has the potential to open up new possibilities and opportunities. Leunig's audience learn about the experiences of every day life and the fact that all people experience these feelings, yet must overcome them in order to grow and proceed forward in life. The journey in the cartoon is represented through a series of vignettes. Five of the vignettes begin with "The journey", while the sixth begins with "And so the various journeys continue -". This allows for the narrative structure, which includes relatively long and highly descriptive sentences to develop and therefore clearly define the journey being undertaken. Leunig creates the idea of the journey through a day in the life of his signature character "Mr Curly". In the first vignette, the bed in the visual is symbolic of the safety and security of his home. Once this security has been removed, Mr Curly must embark on the journey of life. He goes on the "serious" and "erratic" journey "from the dog to the desk". The desk is representative of the real world and issues such as responsibility and employment. It is in vignette four, where Mr Curly chooses to opt out of the confines of real life, and escape to a world that is limited only by his capacity to imagine. His "daydream is pleasant, winding and mysterious" and can potentially take him to any place he desires. ...read more.

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The choices a person makes in life are ultimately responsible for their future, yet at the same time, a person can never go back to the past and experience other possibilities. It is unfeasible to predict the outcomes of capital decisions we make; often it is essential to make these decisions fixed on nothing but more than questioning which selection will provide fulfilment. In the end, we reflect over the decisions we have made, and, like Frost, sigh, discovering they have made "all the difference". In Shakespeare's "The Tempest", the concept of the Imaginative Journey is clearly explored and demonstrated. The characters learn something about themselves and the society in which they live. An Imaginative Journey is certainly more than just moving from one place to another. It is about how people and characters see themselves and the places that they inhibit. In Leunig's cartoon, Mr Curly's day is a journey of learning and growth. He chooses to escape the realities of life by embarking on his own imaginative journey. Mr Curly can go wherever he chooses, yet learns that he must return "back to the desk" and embark on many more journeys, "hundreds of them", in order to achieve fulfilment and continue on his journey through life. In Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken", the composer effectively conveys the concept of the journey, and the notion of imagining the possibilities of where life's journey can lead. Frost has used numerous techniques to convey the meaning of the poem to the reader. The journey described here is the universal journey every individual will experience in life. It is the journey of learning and growth, incorporated in the complex and exciting journey of life and existence. ...read more.

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