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Texts Discussed Are: This Lime Tree Bower My Prison' Coleridge 'the Wind In The Willows' Kenneth Grahame 'the Art Of Happiness His Holiness The Dalai Lama And Howard C

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What is a journey? What are its merits? Is a journey merely a distance traveled? Or is there a greater meaning behind every step that is taken, metaphorically or not? Today I am here to give my understanding of journey at this local Arts festival. But I am still, as yet, unable to give my definition of journey as I feel there is still much to learn about this concept. Perhaps this is, after all, what is the crux of this study - that the idea of 'journey' is open-ended and debatable. Though, many texts, such as 'This Lime Tree Bower My Prison' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, and 'The Art of Happiness - A handbook for living' by His Holiness the Dalai ...view middle of the document...

This example of a journey through the mind in place of the real thing tells me that journey is perhaps an accumulation of the knowledge of one's mind and senses to explore a concept at heightened awareness of our initial understanding.Another way the journey is represented is the one that 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame portrays. To me his extract from the BOS Stimulus Booklet allows us to grapple with the idea that perhaps a journey is a gathering of information about the world or universe around us. Through techniques such as listing when Toad says, "letter-paper, bacon, jam, cards and dominoes", juxtaposing Toad's enthusiasm with Rat's disinclination, and puns such as "I'm going to make an animal of you, my boy!", Grahame creates a sense of excitement and urgency in the reader. Toad presents his idea of a journey as, "Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow". His journey is full of hope and promise, rich with new possibilities and knowledge. "Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that is always changing!" he proclaims to others. The exclamation marks allow the reader to note Toad's statement as a new discovery in their little town. Rat tempers Toad's proclamation by saying, "And I am going to stick to my old river . . . as I've always done." Using the italics Grahame emphasizes Rat's point of sticking with the old. This text presents another side of the imaginative journey. That the journey can be a risk rather than an enjoyment. My related text for journey is a factual book by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler called 'The Art of Happiness'. This book relates to the imaginative journey as it involves your imagination that makes the book a rewarding experience. This self-help book attempts to separate the "wheat" of true happiness from the "chaff" of compulsive pleasure seeking, self centered gratification or dysfunctional relationships etc. With...

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