The Way Journeys And Imaginative Journeys Are Communicated In Two Of The Stimulus Book Items 2004 "The Ivory Trail" And "Journey Into The Interior"

1338 words - 6 pages

A journey is the distance travelled in a specified time from one place to another, whether this place is physical, inner or imagined. Imaginative journeys occur in a fantasy world, where the reader or character goes on the journey, and in the case of the character having an imaginative journey, the reader also learns from this experience. Through different mediums and techniques, "The Ivory Trail" and "Journey into the Interior" are able to communicate imaginative journeys each in its own fashion.The title of the book, 'The Ivory Trail' itself implies a journey. The word 'trail' connotes a winding, uncertain path through the wild and unknown. One of the most obvious journeys represented in the visual is the literal or physical journey. But underlying this The Ivory Trail could be also seen as an imaginative journey, depicted through the use of numerous visual techniques.Firstly, the medium itself is used in depicting an imaginative journey. Although the book cover is construed of real photographs, the glossiness of the material, and the integration of computer graphics used in creating the face of the young boy merged with the patterns of sand generates an unreal and illusionary world to the responder's view, contributing to produce an imaginative feel to the world of the young protagonist.The compositional features of the text employ representations of a sphinx, a pyramid, a building with Islamic architecture, desert sands and an adolescent boy's face. These images have connotations of ancient worlds, mystery and the exotic. This allows the responder to visualise the protagonist's physical as well as the imaginative journey through his perspective. The presence of the pyramid denotes a past setting, while the use of the sand represents the vastness and flowing of time, both the sand and the pyramids reveal to the responder that the journey may involve going into the past of time and preservation, adding a sense of endlessness to the journey.The lighting and the dominant colours of the photograph also aids in depicting this imaginative journey. The excessive use of the colour red signifies with the desert, the heat and the Sun, while the predominant colour of black denotes a mood of mystery and intrigue surrounding the places shown in the photograph, establishing a sense of spirituality and mysticism which the boy is experiencing, further revealing his imaginative journey towards the unknown. The use of lighting, seen in the special light that bathes the figure of the sphinx and which also shines on the young boy, and the sun as seen in the background, denotes a connection between the boy, the sphinx and the sun, as if symbolic of illuminating a light of 'path' directed towards him, establishing the effect of creating a journey whether it be physical or imaginary, in which the boy 'channels' through times and continents. The sharp brightness of the colour red also creates an unnatural and artificial atmosphere to the visual, which gives the responder the impression that this world is only imaginary.The juxtaposition and size of the objects is also a tool used to portray the imaginative journey. The face of the boy captures the majority of the space of the visual, while the pyramids in the middle background and the tableaux situated in the background become smaller in size. This creates the effect of stages within a journey, in which the boy is the beginning and he embarks on a physical and imaginative journey through each stage or 'phase' of his voyage.Finally the use of non-verbal features. The by-line of the visual 'not all journeys have an ending' links in with the word 'trail', both of these words hold similar meaning which implies that this journey does not necessarily have a final destination or end but that it is what one learns along this journey that truly matters. Thus the responder is able to see that this journey is not a physical one but one of imagination. The enlargement of the word 'trail' in capital letters as compared with the word 'ivory' further emphasizes the significance of this imaginative journey that the boy takes.While "The Ivory Trail" creates an eager anticipation and curiosity to embark on the imaginary journey, Margaret Atwood's "Journey to the Interior" relates to the fear of transformation and the speculation of the obstacles of a journey into the imagination of the mind.The medium of poetry in free form allows the poet freedom to create an abstract and meaningful understanding to the audience of the complexity of the psychological exploration of the self. Atwood also succeeds on taking us on an imaginative journey through the use of her intricate and descriptive imagery to take the responder on the imaginative journey and allows the responder to question how we would go about facing difficult journeys in our own lives.Atwood begins the imaginative journey within the human psyche with the use of a wild landscape as an extended metaphor. Words such as 'hills', 'prairies', 'trees', 'swamps' and 'cliffs' create the image of land that is difficult to cross, in relation to the obstacles of this imaginative journey. Furthermore, the use of the oxymoron 'net of air' illustrates the idea that a person can be physically restricted but by intangible forces, emphasizing the power of the psychological barriers upon this imaginative journey within.The wild landscape becomes contrasted with a more domestic landscape of shoes, chairs, knives and tables, which illustrates how the smallest details are used as a way of stopping the discovery of the imagination. The use of the rhetorical question, 'have I been walking in circles again?' shows the domestic routine of life and the stagnation of imagination that it causes. The use of the word "again," implies that distractions within journeys are common, and hence there is often need for re-evaluation and the re-establishment of a focus. It also highlights the understanding that Atwood realises the need to instigate journeys into the imagination and that obstacles are created by oneself.One of the main techniques to convey the imaginative journey is through the use of the extended mapping metaphor. The constant use of the mapping metaphor creates a sense of movement, in search of the destination. However, "Compasses," "Posts" are demonstrated to be useless to aid in reaching the destination which conveys a sense of fantasy as well as illustrates the chaos and bewilderment of the imaginative journey. However, it is a deliberate, cool mental process which is reflected in the rational approach, perhaps an indication that the goal is able to be reached despite the chaos.There is deliberate line break, enjambment used for emphasis throughout the poem. The prose piece ends without the use of a full stop. This deliberate lack of punctuation demonstrates the idea that there is no ending and possibilities are endless once a journey into the imagination is instigated. Thus Atwood illustrates through Journey to the Interior that people instigate their own obstacles due to a fear of transforming from undergoing an imaginative journeyThrough the effective use of different poetic and visual techniques, "the Ivory Trail" and "The Journey Within" is able to communicate their different perspectives of the imaginative journey.

RELATED

Comparative Analysis of 'Journey to the Interior' and 'Catcher in the Rye' - Year 11 - Speech

862 words - 4 pages Sienna Amoils Comparative analysis of ‘Catcher in The Rye’ by J.D. Salinger and ‘Journey to the Interior’ by Margaret Atwood When you embark on a journey, as defined today, you are not simply travelling from one destination to another, you are progressing from one stage to another. In Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ he states “How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?” Progress is achieved by

Journeys can involve the shattering of long held beliefs - English - Essay

794 words - 4 pages overcoming them ultimately pushes us to grow into better people. In a way similar to that of Lear, Batty comes to understand Anderson with compassion and forgiveness, moves on from anger and bitterness, and surges forward. Journeys can involve the breaking of existing beliefs. Although is not always easy to admit to our errors, especially if it’s something we believed true all our life, once we learn to let go of everything and accept our own mistakes and wrong beliefs, we are able to picture a better view of the world and as a result grow as an individual just as King Lear and Rosie Batty has. And that’s where the importance lies.

"The Journey, Not The Arrival, Matters" - NSW 2004 Paper 1

1064 words - 5 pages It is the journey, not the arrival, that ultimately transforms the traveller - particularly for imaginative journeys, which often occur spontaneously and is undecided in its destination. The experiences one encounter during their travel/travail is what evolves them to better understanding of themselves and the world, inspires them to spiritual reform, which constitutes the educative and/or therapeutic qualities of the imaginative journey.While

Compare The Book "Tirra Lirra By The River" To Two Different Texts And Explain How They Are Similar. Include The Use Of Techniques

1019 words - 5 pages that Nora possesses. They both feel caged by social restrictions and express a sense of rebellion against their existing society and both are shocked by their identity on their journey of self discovery. They both admitted that they once hid from reality; however they can now see the world from a clearer perspective. Although the characters and messages in the song and book correlate, the manner in which they are presented are quite different. The song has a more defines and aggressive message, as the novel is more lavished with literary techniques.

Anne Frank And The Diary Of A Young Girl And The Way She Reacts And Describes The Other People In Her Book

945 words - 4 pages people she lived with, but if there is one thing that one can learn from her judgment of characters, is that one is a lot like her in the sense they may become utterly frustrated with people that are always around them and try to be kind and caring. It is the dark side being helped but on the other hand the others probably felt the same way about each other including Anne. Mind you everyone was in a very tight space for two years and that is two years to find weakness and flaws and naturally that is what came out from everyone.

Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies comparison - English Class/ North Atlanta - Essay comparing two book

590 words - 3 pages Free Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies are two very interesting books that tie in to each other in a very ironic way. The Loss of innocence is the main reason that these two books tie into each other. It is ironic because in Catcher in the Rye, Holden, tries to preserve innocence, while in Lord of the Flies, the boys lose their innocence. The “Catcher in the Rye” phrase symbolizes that Holden is standing on a cliff trying to make sure the kids

The Chisholm Trail

734 words - 3 pages passed through Dallas and near the Indian Territory, ending in Sedalia, Missouri. In 1866, the Shawnee Trail presented some major problems for the cattle drivers Farmers along the route did not like their fields being trampled. They also objected to the spread of tick fever. Longhorns carried the ticks but were immune to the fever. A few farmers were so angry, they armed themselves with shotguns to convince the cattle ranchers to find another trail

How Power And Gender Is Communicated In "1984" By George Orwell And "The Winslow Boy" By Terrance Rattigan

1247 words - 5 pages ', Terence Rattigan explores the themes through the court case, and also through Catherine.Power is a main theme in the book '1984'. The book explores the struggle and the abuse of power throughout the storyline. In the novel, there are three class systems in the society, these being the Inner Party, Outer Party and the Proles. As a totalitarianism system is in place, each party is given certain rules and responsibilities. Through these rules and

The concept of faith and hope throughout the book " A Long Way Gone" - English 3 - Research paper

469 words - 2 pages A Long Way Gone Essay The concepts of faith and hope shift throughout this memoir. Chapter 7 begins with the story of Imam’s death, followed by Ishmael’s recollections of his father and an elder blessing their home when they first moved to Mogbwemo. Ishmael is also sustained emotionally and spiritually throughout this memoir. Ishmael looks back on a time earlier in his life when his father blessed their home in Mogbwemo. This blessing consisted

The American Dream For The mice of men book and movie and how they are connected - La eassy - eassy

659 words - 3 pages shows us that there are a lot of things that can stop us from achieving the American Dream. In the movie George is always telling many people about the farm they are wanting to get with the money they get.When Lennie had killed Curley's wife he had to run and so Lennie got shoot by George so that they don’t keep changing farm (Sinise, Of Mice and Men). That Lennie and George are fighting against the way that curly is stopping Lennie and that he

The 2004 Federal Budget Report

1276 words - 6 pages Free The 2004 Federal Budget Report The liberal government under Paul Martin released its 2004 federal budget. The budget attempted to cover all needs and necessities of Canadian equally, in terms of importance and availability. As with the presentation of any federal budget of the past decade there are areas to be criticised and areas to be praised. There have been some noticeable improvements in: health care, education, the environment

Was the Trail of tear an inhuman thing to do to the native american indians - high school and Us History - research paper

1155 words - 5 pages American who suffered most from Andrew Jackson's vision of America. With all this in mind the Indian Removal act was inhuman and in no doubt it should've been done differently. This journey of the removal was called the Trail of Tears, and this paper will show the effect it had on the Cherokee.             The native people of the North America lived for hundreds of years in peace. However, in 1540 the everyday lives of the Native Americans came to

"Lord Of The Flies": Compare Any Two Characters And Their Relation To The Theme Of Power In The Novel

1236 words - 5 pages Jack is being selfish because he is trying to avoid helping him. Consequently this broke into an argument foreshadowing future conflicts. Then later on in the story Jack has stolen most of Ralph's power and showed his truth intentions by forming a tribe. This clearly shows that Ralph and Jack's intentions are different.Next, Ralph and Jack's characteristic are directly the opposite as one represents civilization and the other savagery. To start

An Investigation Into The Language Of Men And Women

1657 words - 7 pages Free formed by the society for many years and now are widely taken into consideration. Some ideas and conclusions about gender distinctions even develop our way of behavior and views of men's and women's roles. Actually, females and males are not as different in some aspects as they seem to be according to various 'rumors' and theories , and it is better to be aware of the similarities as well as of the differences. At the same time, differences do have

How an imaginative journey is depicted in Kubla Khan and an electronic image "i want to fly"

540 words - 3 pages An imaginative journey is characterised by engagement with the unfamiliar, which transports responders into a new context and represents an experience that challenges old perspectives and endorses new ones about the world and themselves. In the electronic image "I want to fly", we engage with the presentation of colour and symbolism, and allow ourselves to be displaced in order to become the character in the image. Initially we are attracted to