Imaginative Journey [Speech]. Explore The Ways In Which The Concept Of The Journey Is Represented In A Variety Of Texts. The Tempest, Wind In The Willows Extract, Edward Scissorhands.

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American Science Fiction writer Ursula Le Guin said, "What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become." Good morning teachers and fellow students. Text's dealing with the imaginative journey often use the conventions of the genre to explore human nature, or critique society. The Imaginative Journey is shown through William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," the B.O.S Stimulus Booklet Text 3 "The Wind In The Willows," and Tim Burtons' 1990 film, "Edward Scissorhands."William Shakespeare's imaginative text, "The Tempest" presents a situation within the constructed space of a theatre, in which participants are forced to question the nature of reality and illusion, whilst tangentially examining the forces which guide an individuals actions. When Alonso remarks that if his son should prove but "A vision of the island, one dear son/ Shall I twice loose," the responder and character comprehends that visual experiences can be illusionary. The dramatic irony that Alonso speaks of losing two sons, when in fact he has lost none, emphasises the misleading qualities of magic.The Tempest leads the audience through an imaginative journey as the playwright reveals levels of significance. The Boatswain's rhetorical question "What cares these roarers for the name of the King?" presages that something unusual is about to happen, and questions conventional social order.The play is set in an "uninhabited island," and the connotations of an island, including those of the romantic convention, prepare the responder for an imaginative journey. Adrian and Sebastian perceive the air differently; Adrian commenting "The air breathes upon us here most sweetly." to which Sebastian replies, "As if it had lungs, and rotten ones." This personification suggests the island is manipulated by magic, a constructed realm used by Shakespeare to examine the nature of humanity.In the next scene the audience learns the storm was in fact created and controlled by the magician Prospero. He reassures his daughter Miranda that he has "such provision in mine art," to ensure that no one was hurt. The presentation of the spirit-like Ariel, and the monstrous Caliban, both supernatural characters, reflect real elements of humanity, and illustrate that though the 'imaginative journey' has positive connotations it can in fact appear grotesque and have the potential for evil. We see this in the malignant intentions that act as catalysts for the various journeys.The ethereal music of the island furthers the imaginative journey and guiding the events and characters. Ferdinand comments that it has "drawn" him. The connotations of 'drawn' illustrate the power of the music. Caliban reassures that "... the isle is full of noises.... That give delight and hurt not." and uses further descriptive language to describe its power to induce sleep, and the resulting loss of conscious decision.We are also taken on an imaginative...

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