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As defined by the board of studies inner journey relates to journey of the mind and spirit This particular aspect of journey deals with the exploration of the self in terms of growth development and inspirational experiences JG Ballard conveys that the protagonist of the novel empire of the sun embarks upon a inner journey of maturity The novel opening from the eve of the Japanese attack on pearl harbour on December 7th 1941 focuses on the story of Jim an eleven year old British boy who lives with his upper-class family in Shanghai When he is separated from his family after the Japanese take over Shanghai he is forced to cope relying solely on himself Through the interpretation of the novels content we come to realise JG Ballards message regarding inner journey Empire of the sun presents one of the many aspects of inner journey that is that in times of crisis our maturity and mentality develops One of the many scenes in which Jims newly found maturity is conveyed is in the scene of the Hiroshima bombing JG Ballard writes The light was a premonition of his death the sight of his small soul joining the larger soul of the dying world In this scene Ballard uses the technique of symbolism to communicate his message The white light is an atomic bomb exploding in Japan At Jims present location which is China he can see the blinding white light quite visibly However Jims ability to perceive the light as a premonition of his death conveys his maturity In addition to this JG Ballard also expresses an aspect of Jims maturity as conflicting interests regarding religion For example in the earliest commencement of his inner journey Jim claimed himself to be a professed atheist During his physical journey to the town of Nantao in China Jims profession changes In this sense his physical journey is merely an exterior casing for his inner
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