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The search for self is endless lifelong While wrought with distress and obstacles consequences of a physical journey are self-discovery and inner nourishment While destination is the short-term goal it is the physical journey that leads there that causes the growth transformation and greater understanding of the character This can be best discussed through critical analyses of award-winner Michael Gows play Away Richard Kelleys indie-cum-cult film Donnie Darko Vanessa Carltons individually expressive song White Houses and Margaret Atwoods poignant confessional poem Journey to the Interior Set in the post-war baby boom in the Australian summer of 196768 while Australians were preoccupied with Vietnam and unsure as to their international coming-of-age Away revolves around three families linked by their dysfunction as they embark on what will be the leading emotional introspective summer vacations of their lives The epigraph from Twelfth Night is a fitting metaphor for the period The line What country friends is this is symptomatic of a nation questioning its ideals and identity Tom is the plays protagonist and catalyst Michael Gow has stated that through most of the play he is in control He engineers the plays upheaval in the plays prominent curse scene and then saves those who have been affected by it In doing this he restores the other characters footing which results in their renewed homecoming Toms turning point occurs following his failure of seducing Meg aware of his emerging sexuality Tom yearns for a sexual experience Just once When he doesnt get what he wants he descends in a free-fall resembling that of the other characters Consequently he is flawed despite the audiences dependence on him His pleading gives his character depth and humanity All the characters find themselves in circumstances that force them to change and Michael Gow uses a variety of techniques to show their alterations the most renowned his use of healing natural elements and magic of realism In the play
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