Every Novel Is the Story of a Characters Journey to Self-Knowledge

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Every novel is the story of a characters journey to self-knowledge. Discuss.

Intro – The statement that ‘every novel is the story of a characters journey to self-knowledge’ is true because in every good book written the main character goes through a type of journey, but there is always the internal journey that really makes the book and the characters believable. In the story of Cinderella and the books ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ and ‘Tomorrow, when the War began’ there is a clear internal journey of the main character as well as their literal journey. Cinderella’s internal journey follows the most common structure; she goes from a bad place to somewhere a lot better.

In the story of Cinderella, not only is it about her physical journey but also about her journey to self-knowledge. When Cinderella was young her mother died and after this her father remarried a widow who already had 2 girls. Her father died a short while after remarrying and she was left in the care of her stepmother. Growing up Cinderella was treated like a waste of time by her step-family and she felt sad, lonely and worthless. During the story she finds out her true worth, that she is beautiful and the prince falls in love with her, thus making her feel loved and accepted. This is her inner journey and it is what really makes the story, in all stories or books the main character is not completely perfect or okay, if they were then the story wouldn’t be as good. In the book ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ the main character Tom Ward also goes through an internal journey to self-knowledge.

‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ the main character Tom Ward starts off the book relatively happy with how his life is going, his internal journey is more about learning about himself than becoming happier like in the story of Cinderella. He begins the book as a 13 year old farm boy, the seventh son of a seventh son; this makes him suitable to become apprentice to the local Spook. When he is first apprenticed to the...
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