Aos Journeys

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The Area of Study requires students to examine the concept of journeying. More particularly it requires you to define inner journeys through the study of one core text and several related texts. A response to inner journeys question requires you to integrate your discussion of the core text and a variety of texts of your own choosing. Doing this will show that you have consolidated ideas bout inner journeys. Inner journeys involve the exploration of the self, as individuals review their growth and development in light of experiences which challenge and inspire them. The secret to doing really well is to look further into the type of inner journey represented in the core text. For example the movie Life is Beautiful represents an inner journey of hope as well as the process of change in perspectives.

You need to identify key issues in ‘Life is Beautiful’- for example overcoming prejudice or the affirmation of what is human. You only need two or three concerns. These are represented by the characters and key events within the movie and establish a concept of inner journey.

Nominate a scene which exemplifies each concern. For example, the scene as Guido is explaining the rules to Joshua embodies the concern of overcoming with prejudice. Guido’s humour powerfully contrasts the stark message of the soldier- thus emphasizing Guido’s power to overcome this prejudice.

This is where you need to find a related text that deals with this same issue-coping with prejudice. In this way you use your concern as the link between the core and related text.

A fitting text which deals with this concern would be the short story Small, soft steps will take you further then a blaze of glory by Erin Mangan. The short story published in the Sydney Morning Herald describes a school girl’s everyday bus ride home. She is confronted with school bullies tormenting a mentally challenged boy. At first she tries to ignore the bullies to avoid confrontation, but...
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