Journey Essay

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In every text, both realities and possibilities are inherent in the journeys individuals undertake, but the extent that one dominates or interacts with the other differs widely. The poems “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “The French Prisoner” by Janos Pilinszky, both explore journeys that include realities and possibilities. “The Road Not Taken” uses “road” as an extended metaphor. The journey undertaken by the persona is not merely physical, however, the journey is metaphysical in nature. This poem explores journey as a possibility and explores two key ideas, journeys are individual experiences, and, journeys are propelled by decisions. The poem “The French Prisoner” challenges the assumption that journeys are exhilarating and rewarding. The text also explores a type of journey that was reality at one stage. Thus, the journey explored offers a savage role in memory, as the poem explains a memory that is destructive but also enlightening to read for the responder. The journey explores a real observance of a prisoner that culminates in a destructive, consuming memory. The idea of a metaphysical journey is extended in the visual text, ‘The Ivory Trail’, which supports ambivalent attitude towards realities and possibilities. In this text, the realities of unusual travel to symbols of the olden days are balanced by the mysterious and dangerous possibilities the text presents. This is central to the film ‘Into the Wild’ directed by Sean Penn, 2007, Paramount Vantage. Here the physical journey of Christopher McCandless into the Alaskan Wilderness invites the responder to make a judgment about the interdependence of realties and possibilities. The impact of Christopher’s personal journey has significant consequences for the complex inner journeys undertaken.

The Road Not Taken uses road as an extended metaphor for journey. The journey undertaken by the persona is not merely physical; it is also metaphysical in nature. Journeys are individual experiences, this...
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