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ESSAY ON THE PAIRING Fly Away Peter and Heart of Darkness To what extent do these two texts use the similar motif of the journey to present different ideas Fly Away Peter written by David Malouf is set in 1914-1915 during the period of World War One The story of the main character Jim begins in his home in rural Queensland before embarking on a journey in France to fight in the war Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad is set in a similar period of time The main character Marlows journey is to the Congo which had recently become a part of the Belgium Empire Both characters undertake a physical intellectual and spiritual journey They also learn about themselves individually as well as about humanity which brings them to question the meaning of life At the beginning of the two novels both Jim and Marlow are somewhat innocent to what lay ahead of them Malouf describes Jim as being in a state of dangerous innocence in the early chapters of Fly Away Peter He is portrayed as being a person who is not well educated has limited experience of the world and doesnt like change New views of the things didnt interest him pg 50 In Heart of Darkness Conrad portrays Marlow as a man who loves adventure which is quite unlike the character of Jim He has seen and experienced much of the world However he is innocent because he has never been to a place like Africa where colonialism exists He has always lived in a civilized world controlled by rules and regulations and so has never witnessed the effect lack of restraint can have on people As Jim and Marlow undertake their physical journeys both begin to lose their innocence and gain knowledge of the world Jim begins to lose his innocence when he goes to Brisbane and sees how the news of war affects
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