Inner Journeys Referring To Sally Morgan's "My Place", Kenneth Graham's "Wind In The Willows" And Skp's "Journey To The Self"

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Inner Journey Synthesis TaskDiscuss how various composers have explored the many and varied circumstances and situations that enable people to undertake an emotional and spiritual journey. In your answer you should refer to your prescribed text, ONE text from the prescribed Stimulus Booklet and ONE other related text of your own choosing.An inner journey is a journey of the mind and the spirit. It offers growth & development through emotional pilgrimage and provides new insights for the mind and spirit. The full effect of these journeys can only be completely understood and appreciated if one takes the time to reflect on their progress. The three texts explore different journeys, some involving a physical journey as well as an inner journey. My Place, by Sally Morgan is a quest Narrative, which follows the journey of discovery taken by Sally as she unveils her Aboriginal heritage. Similarly, SKP's Journey to the interior is a journey of self-discovery as SKP rediscovers her true self. Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Graham explores the different reactions of three completely different characters to the concept of an inner journey.Sally Morgan, based on the stolen generation, explores the different circumstances, which not only enable, but also compel Sally on a dangerously personal journey of discovery. These unique situations and circumstances unfortunately are based on lies and deceit, as Sally's true heritage is hidden from her. To highlight the strong connections in the writings of Aboriginal literature to history, Sally Morgan's "My Place" can be read as a counter-memory of colonialism. In "My Place", Sally Morgan undertakes a journey of discovery in which she learns that her understanding of herself and her heritage is founded on a lie. Upon completion of the journey, Sally becomes wiser, more accepting and tolerating and loving, having faced her challenges and been inspired by people whom she encounters as she undertakes her inner journey. My Place also creates a journey for the reader by challenging issues of paternalism, family relationships, land and language rights, and the suppression of history since white settlement.Sally Morgan explores and conveys meaning through the stories of Arthur, Gladys and Daisy. Morgan explores the elements needed to embark on an inner journey, focusing on determination, commitment and willingness. Sally is thirsty for the truth, having been enveloped with deception her whole life. She reveals, " I wasn't going to be satisfied with just anything. And I wasn't lazy". Sally demonstrates her dedication and commitment to her journey of discover by writing a book. This book is particularly compelling because, through colloquial language and first person narration, Sally Morgan confides in and involves the reader in the journey, creating a sense of intimacy. The stories of Arthur, Daisy and Gladys also add authenticity and sincerity to the book. The personal accounts from Arthur Gladys and Nan offer insight...

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