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Extended response to journeys.

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Extended response to journeys A journey consists of the movement from one place to another where the individual or group of people undergoes a progression of change and development. The journey whether it is physical, inner or imaginary can have lasting effects on an individual and can be negative or positive in nature. The composers of different texts all employ a number of different techniques to convey their ideas about journeys and the impact that such journeys may have on an individual. This aspect of journeying is explored in a variety of texts including the poetry of Peter Skrzynecki's Immigrant Chronicles 'Crossing the Red Sea' and 'Immigrants at Central Station', stimulus text 'The Ivory Trail' by Victor Kelleher, the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz' produced by Victor Fleming and the picture book 'Window' by Jeannie Baker. Through the textual techniques imbedded in each text, each composer offers different perspectives on the concept of journeys. Skrzynecki's poem 'Crossing the red sea' portrays the fearful and arduous physical journey undertaken by the immigrants from their war-torn European past to the Southern Hemisphere. It highlights both the past and present experiences of the immigrants creating a sense of uncertainty about the future as past memories continually haunt them. The poem opens with a description of the uncomfortable journey as the immigrants are experiencing 'the day's heat' coupled with painful memories of their past lives. ...read more.

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It also implies that what is learnt on the journey is more important than the destination itself. The, layout, font size, colour usage and graphics are all techniques the composer employs to create a captivating book cover, ultimately taking responders on an imaginative journey as they conjecture about the contents of the book. Focus is placed on the author's name through the stark contrast of white and the warm shades of red and black, leading responders gaze to the title. The juxtaposition of light and darkness creates a sense of mystery, excitement and limitless possibilities that expose themselves on an imaginative journey. The title 'The Ivory Trail,' printed in ivory, brings to mind images of elephants and the prohibited ivory trade. It conveys a dangerous journey on an unpaved road across a wild terrain. These words in the title are progressively amplified in size so that the emphasis is placed directly on the word 'trail'. The staggered positioning of text and the use of diverse font sizes adds to this feeling of a pervading menace. The visual element of this cover is the most appealing as it presents a representation of a physical journey. There are three images on this cover in a montage of shots which merge to form a continuous fused background. A boy on the foreground is looking out from under the drift of desert sands. ...read more.

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A definite change is made to the window in the last scene which symbolises that the journey to urbanisation has come and is recommencing. The use of a bright white window compared to the previous dull beige coloured window connotes a fresh new start to the journey. The physical journey that is taken under by the boy in the narrative recognises the issue of urban sprawl. Without the use of words, the meaning of the book is expressed more powerfully as it relies solely on visual imagery. This enables responders to draw their own interpretations or conclusions, thus encouraging a thoughtful rather than a reactionary approach. The journeys presented in 'Window' and in both of Skrzynecki's poems are diverse. The persona in 'Window' undergoes an inner journey where responders explore changes that the persona experiences on his journey. The immigrants in Skrzynecki's poetry 'Crossing the Red Sea' and 'Immigrants at Central Station' expose all the hardships and strenuous difficulties that they endure on their physical journey. Through the composer's use of various techniques, the different texts have explored the ideas, impacts and effects that a journey can have on an individual. Not only is a journey physical, but it can also be imaginative or inner where the individual encounters challenges resulting in an influential experience. An individual's journey experience provides opportunities to enhance one's greater sense of self and understanding of the world resulting in an overall transformation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dona Nguyen Mrs Sake ...read more.

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