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Inner Journey's Using "My Place" By Sally Morgan, Margaret Atwood's "Journey To The Interior" And Others.

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Advanced English: Area of StudyInner JourneysTexts Used: "My Place" by Sally Morgan"Journeys", Board of Studies Stimulus Booklet* Inner Journeys. Eye contact.* Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here this morning to take you deeper into the possible meaning behind those two simple words.* My texts that I will be using today all have many links to the concept of the inner journey, and intertextual links with each other. My main prescribed texts are Sally Morgan's "My Place" published in 1987, and the "Journeys" Stimulus Booklet for the Area of Study. I have chosen three texts out of the booklet, a film review "Blood on the Tracks" by Renay Walker, the poem "Journey to the Interior" by Margaret Atwood, and a quote by Shirley Geok-lin Lim "The Town Where Time Stands Still".* Inner Journeys are a difficult concept to grasp hold of. They take so many different forms, in so many different places, how can we even begin to try to define them? There are many different views held about what an inner journey is, and from the texts that I have chosen, I have formed my own concepts around the Inner Journey.* In "My Place", Sally Morgan is throughout her book, searching for her true identity. She wants to have a sense of purpose to her life, and this leads her into her search for her family's heritage. At the beginning of the book, while we are reading her childhood memories, she can not understand why Nan won't tell her about their past. "I felt all churned up, but I didn't know why. I had accepted by now that Nan was dark, and that our heritage was not shared by most Australians, but if Nan was Aboriginal, why didn't she say so?" Sally writes in first person, which effectively draws us into the ups and downs that she experiences on her search for her identity.* This theme can be seen in the film review "Blood on the Tracks" in which the author Renay Walker is talking about the film "Beneath Clouds". The two characters are "travellers, heading for the borders of their respective identities." For any traveller, "the availability of an open road intersects with the problem of a life at a crossroads." Her formal tone and highly elevated language manage to convey complex ideas to her educated audience.* "My Place and "Blood on the Tracks have similar themes to Shirley Geok-lin Lim's excerpt from "The Town Where Time Stands Still" where she comments on the universal topic, "the search for the genii loci". This is the location of our genius or inspiration for life, and the search for it is the muse behind many people's whole lives.* This search for self identity may lead us on a physical journey as well as the inner journey to self realisation of identity. This is commented on by Shirley Geok-lin Lim, our need to "seek an external geography that will act on our internal phycology like an irresistible force." Her tone is straightforward and beautiful, distilling fundamental wisdom that we can all relate to. Through her words, she lyrically describes the journeys that...

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