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Through character development found in Shakespeares The Tempest as well as the inner conflict depicted through poetic techniques in Robert Frosts The Road not Taken, my understanding of the impact that journeys have has been shaped so th

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HOW HAS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENT IMPACTS OF JOURNEYS BEEN SHAPED BY THE TECHNIQUES USED BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS? Journeys affect each individual in different ways; some are impacted monumentally while others go through events with little or no change. Through character development found in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' as well as the inner conflict depicted through poetic techniques in Robert Frost's 'The Road not Taken', my understanding of the impact that journeys have has been shaped so that I now appreciate that through emotional and physical events, a deeper insight on life is developed. The Tempest focuses mainly on the emotional transformation of the protagonist Prospero, though other characters experience a change within themselves and how they perceive humanity. The fact that Prospero undergoes such a significant transformation whilst his brother, Antonio, seems untouched by the events and says nothing that hints at the smallest morsel of repentance shows that, though they are both submitted to similar circumstances, the journey has impacted them both in different ways. ...read more.


The rarer action is virtue than in vengeance". Prospero's emotional conflicts and personal journey concludes when he is restored his title and makes plans to return to Milan. Before he does this he forfeits his powers in a soliloquy, "this rough magic/I now abjure" and frees his followers Ariel and Caliban. He desires to once again live his old life and has realized power is not what is important. This shows a true alteration in him as a person. A different journey is depicted in the poem 'The Road not Taken'. It shows inner conflict as well as the unpredictability of journeys when the narrator unexpectedly reaches a fork in the road. He is "sorry I could not travel both" as he cannot tell which leads on to a better journey ("the other, just as fair"), he is forced to make a decision on which path to follow-or, which seems to be more important, which path will not be followed. ...read more.


There is however a hint of remorse, not perhaps for the opinion of a wrong decision but that the decisions themselves have marked the passing of his life-something he will never be able to get back or relive again. Both these texts include journeys of all different forms, all of which have had varying impacts on the personas and readers. Prospero, who began with a bitterness of heart and desire for revenge saw that happiness lay in the forgiveness of his fellows and it was this change within him that allowed for the desirable ending that occurred. The traveler in 'The Road Not Taken' was wizened by the experiences and decisions in life, represented in his physical journey through an autumn wood. Each character was changed in a different, unique way but each gained personal growth. This demonstrates that journeys have different impacts on different people, but it is only through these encounters and lessons that they can develop and expand their knowledge or understanding of the world. ...read more.

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