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Journeys move people from one state to another creating significant impact on the introspective facets of each human being The destination that we arrive at at times exemplifies the inner change that occurs However it is the journey that creates and shapes our inner qualities and finishing state of self The goals we achieve are a result of the journey of our inner self in which we change and develop to our finishing state The three texts studied this year Empire of the Sun Journey to the Interior and Girl Interrupted have been highly effective texts in shaping my understanding of the concept of journey This has been achieved by the variety and quality of techniques used by three individual composers The novel Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard has enhanced my understanding of the journey by using an omniscient author and descriptive language The use of a third person narrative allows the audience to see many individual views and appreciations of the inner journey made by the protagonist of the film Jim Jims journey of self-growth is brought to life through the narration which takes into consideration the perspectives of many influential characters The all-knowing author allows the audience to see not only how Jim is feeling but how the other characters Basie DR Ransome Mr Maxted are feeling also This technique communicates to the audience how the other characters have influenced Jims inner journey and has demonstrated to me how outside influences can have a large effect on ones journey Two major influences on Jim are Basie and DR Ransome with Basie teaching Jim to become a survivor and DR Ransome teaching Jim the morals needed for life The omniscient author provides the audience with a well-rounded view of Jims inner journey from all aspects Ballard has also used descriptive language through his novel to convey the concept of an inner journey This becomes extremely effective in portraying inner journey
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