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The Exploration of the Concept of The Journey Through Three Texts - Empire of the Sun by J. G. Balalrd, Journey to the Interior by Margaret Atwood and Willow by Ron Howard
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How have the texts you have studied this year effectively shaped your understanding of the concept of The Journey Journey can be described as movement or travel from one place to another This physical concept of journey can be extended however to a much more complex and diverse metaphorical understanding The ultimate and most obvious journey one undergoes is life both the physical and inner passage from cradle to grave Within and throughout this adventure human beings will experience many smaller journeys which will differ greatly in nature and significance The most noteworthy of these are processes of self-actualisation and emotional development A quiet introspective consideration of the human psyche is fundamental to a mature understanding of the journeys of and in life As a result of such introspection many composers choose to focus their texts on the concept of Inner Journey For this exploration of the concept of The Journey three texts have been chosen Jims emotional growth in JG Ballards novel Empire of the Sun Margaret Atwoods consideration of mental health and stability in her poem Journey to the Interior and Ron Howards depiction of the capacity of human beings to rise above their outward fate Viktor Frankl in his 1988 film production Willow Often in life individuals are faced with daunting and frightening situations In these times of trial and tribulation when one feels as though they will remain forever in the depths of despair and hope is all but lost human beings have a surprising ability to rise above Renowned psychiatrist and writer Viktor Frankl refers to this as the last of the human freedomsthe ability to choose an attitude to any given set of circumstances The confidence and belief in ones self to make such a decision often requires the individual to undergo the process of self-realisation in order to develop the strength to hold such conviction Directed by Ron Howard and released in 1988 Willow tells the
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