Discuss How The Composer Uses Techniques In Order To Portray A Physical Journey To The Responder With Reference To I Mmigrant C Hronicles By Peter Skryznecki And 3 Other Related Texts

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A physical journey is not simply the traveling from one place to another. While on a physical journey, you are able to gain knowledge and experience, which is one of the main aspects of an inner journey. In saying this we can see that with physical journeys, comes inner journeys. In our prescribed text, Immigrant Chronicles, Peter Skrzynecki shows a pessimistic view towards his journeys but it is because of these journeys that he was able to learn from his mistakes and change his attitudes. Through the study of texts such as the website from the stimulus booklet, Journeys over Land and Sea from Voyages, A Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition and City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende it is clear that they all show the way in which we are able to gain and develop our knowledge from our experiences. In the animated film Grave of the Fireflies by Isao Takahata, the protagonist reminisces about his life and we are able to see his reaction to the mistakes he made in the past.In the poem Leaving Home by Peter Skrzynecki, the composer shows a pessimistic view towards physical journeys. The composer uses techniques such as similes, imagery, metaphor and emotive language to express his attitudes towards his first teaching job in the country town of Jeogla. He is being forced to go by administration and is trying to deal with the dehumanizing processes of administrative bureaucracy. Through the use of emotive language, the composer is able to convey an unpleasant atmosphere whereby the persona feels as though he has his "severed head under one arm". With the use of the simile, "Like a war-time train..." and the metaphor in the line, "The verdict came next day by phone", the responder is able to witness the composer's interpretation of the journey as a prison sentence. He is forced to undergo this journey out of his own free will and the listing of paraphernalia is able to show the persona's attachment to his family life. The journey enabled him to break away from this dependence of his family.The poem, A drive in the country, carries on from the poem Leaving Home. The composer uses techniques, such as alliteration, assonance, descriptive language and imagery, to show the positive and the negative aspects to journeys. The composer begins with a tone reminiscent of romantic poetry. This shows the positive aspects of journeys as the composer describes the natural surroundings of the environment he is being exposed to. The assonance and 's' alliteration in the line "...watched how swallows swam" gives a soothing and comforting effect. We immediately feel exulted on this scenic journey that the persona is undertaking. As the poem progresses, the composer gives us a sense of the nature being alive as well as a sense of communication between the composer and nature. This is shown through with the use of personification."Saw how leavesBent their ears to the ground."These positive images are then contrasted with the composer's negative attitudes to journeys as the mood...

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