The Importance of Journeys
A thorough study of journeys reveals that a journey is much more than
just movement from one place to another. Journeys are about learning
and growth, and they have the potential to teach people about
themselves and the society in which they live. An Imaginative Journey
is one in which the individual doesn't in fact have to go anywhere in
the physical sense. The physical journey is replaced by an expedition
that is fuelled by the human capacity to imagine. Imaginative Journeys
create endless possibilities. They can offer an escape from the
realities of life, and are frequently used to comment on social or
human traits and characteristics.
Imaginative Journeys are represented in the focus text, "The Tempest"
by William Shakespeare, the 2003 calendar cartoon in the Sydney
Morning Herald by Michael Leunig, and the Board of Studies Booklet
Prescribed text "The Road Not Taken", a poem by Robert Frost. The
composers attempt to create a world in which imagination dominates the
actions and desires of the characters, as they are taken on a journey
of magic and discovery.
In "The Tempest", Shakespeare attempts to generate a world where the
audience is transported to a world of magic and superstition. This is
successfully achieved through the utilisation of numerous dramatic
techniques such as setting, symbolism, creation of conflict and
Prospero, in his twelve years of exile, has had an abundance of time
to imagine his vengeance on his brother, Antonio. Using his magical
powers and supernatural forces, he creates a storm to capture his
enemies, with the assistance of his spirit slave, Ariel. Throughout
the play, the audience witnesses Prospero's imaginative journey of
revenge revolve to reconciliation and redemption. Prospero, on his
island, is in command. It is his imagination that has conjured up his
scheme for revenge and the journey is his to have power over.
Throughout the play, Prospero also experiences a journey of wisdom and
appreciation. He learns more regarding the social order in which he
lives and experiences self-realisation and discovers his identity.
Prospero learns that revenge on his enemies is not the best answer "Yet
with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury Do I take part. The rarer action
is in virtue than in vengeance", and through his change, other
characters such as Alonso learn something about themselves and others
such a Miranda and Ferdinand find love- "Beyond all limits of what
else I' th' world, Do love, prize, honour you."
The imaginative setting for Prospero's island allows for the
unbelievable to take place. Because of the situation, Shakespeare can
exercise his imagination to generate characters and thoughts that are
not possible in a realistic setting. The island is a place of magic