What is a journey ?
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving", this is a quote by Lao Tzu.
Opinionated from my own point of view, It promotes the idea that things never go as planned and that one's inner journey is never truly finished. Not many people set goals for themselves but it helps to have ideas and to think outside the box.
A journey is described in many ways. It is often a term that implies travel which can offer up new sights, experiences, cultures and perspectives.The statement “The journey is more important than the destination” is quite correct in saying that we cannot make it to our final destination without a journey and also that a journey will lead the traveler back to the origin of their journey but changed in a spiritual way. Inner journeys have often been described as the metaphor behind a physical journey. The statement 'journey is a reward' and the idea of a personal movement are depicted in the texts 'My Place' composed by Sally Morgan, 'Across the Nightingale Floor' composed by Lian Hearn and the film 'Pleasantville' directed and written by Gary Ross. To illustrate these journeys, techniques used by composers include humour and pathos, chronology, placement, metaphors and symbolism, dialogue and use of first person which is only exampled in the text My Place.
The use of narrative techniques such as selection of detail, language and narrative stance encourages readers to pity, admire and identify with Sally.'My Place' follows the story of Morgan's quest to find her 'place' this prompts a journey of self discovery and belonging. It begins with a dedication to her family reading :
"How deprived we would have been
If we had been willing
to let this stay as they were.
We would have survived,
But not as whole people.
We would have never known
The use of inclusive pronouns, 'we' and 'our' and the reference to 'whole people' clearly connect the composer not only to her own family, but to...