The Concept of ‘Journeys’ has been employed by the authors as a method of Character Transformation. This allows the audience to connect with the characters and therefore experience this change. Michael Gow’s Play ‘Away’, ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ Directed by Phillip Noyce and ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R Tolkien are all examples of texts that are transformative in nature and show transformations in the Protagonist. The nature of these transformations includes Spiritual and Physical transformations.
The Ideas that are being portrayed in these texts include Healing, Transformation and the sense of Adventure both Physical and Spiritual. Adventures support any Journey as the unknown is always ready to be explored by the Audience and this captivates them and leave them wanting more but also the adventure can be taken within the mind in order to find yourself. The Characters in these Journeys need to find themselves before they can truly begin their adventure and this is supported by the Contrasting Imagery that is shown within the texts. An example of this was in ‘Away’ when Tom needed to find who he was and what to do with his life after being diagnosed with cancer.
Healing is a Symbolism for Hope and for the hardships to be cast aside and move forwards. The texts show moments where all hope seems to be lost or the journey will come to an end but that hope fights back thus pushing the characters forwards on their journey.
Transformations are seen as change and this is evident within the texts as the Protagonists changed what was happening and made them into their own journey and not what others had decided for them. These ideas have been incorporated into these texts to envisage the story for the audience and make this world theirs. The authors have constructed these texts as a tool for the audience not only for entertainment but as a platform to identify problems that are within society and what the audience can do about it. Journeys are both a...