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The inner journey is one of such great significance that it has the power not only to affect the individual undertaking the journey but those around them by challenging the way they think and view the world reassessing various aspects of their lives discovering truths and realities they never thought possible Morgans autobiographical novel My Place focuses on the journey of Sally Morgan the author and the ultimate influence of her personal journey in causing the other members of her family to embark on their own journey and break their silence Similarly Journey to the Interior and Heart of Darkness deal with the concept of an inner journey and its impact on the audience While these texts differ in setting and purpose all focus on a search for identity in terms of self-awareness and in relation to the surrounding environment When Sally Morgans My Place was first published in 1987 it was described as the sort of Australian history which hasnt been written before and which we desperately need as a triumphant story and profoundly moving My Place exists as a powerful post-colonial text confronting the injustices to her ancestors and publicly exposing the repeated atrocities that Aborigines have been subjected to The text poignantly depicts the authors passage to self-awareness spiritual healing and knowledge simultaneously giving a voice to Aborigines and allocating them a role in contemporary Australian culture and it history The inner journey explored in the text is so vastly influential that it has the ability to affect the audience The text challenges the reader to question their own understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal Australians and white people as well as their own identity Sally states her reason for writing- to let people know what has been done to Aboriginal people in the past to tell a black version of history Theres been nothing written about people like us Throughout Heart of Darkness an evaluation of the imperialistic values
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