Journeys: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Journey

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Ursula K Le Guin stated; ‘It is good to have an end to journey towards but it's the journey that matters in the end.' This statement reflects the attitudes of composers of texts such as Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest', Geok Lin Lim's extract from ‘The Town Where Time Stands Still' and Lewis Carroll's ‘Alice in Wonderland'. These texts examine the imaginative journey in depth and highlight the journeying process and its necessity to achieving a result of any kind.

Shakespeare's fantastical play ‘The Tempest' illuminates the journeying process of speculation and imagination in a similar way to Carroll's ‘Alice in Wonderland'. Shakespeare and Carroll both use the device of the suspension of disbelief; Shakespeare separates the imaginary from reality with the island used as a tool of the imaginary while the mainland is the reality, similarly ‘Alice in Wonderland' has dreaming as to awake as imaginary is to reality.

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While in Alice in Wonderland, the state of being awake is reality in the context of a ‘wonderland'world and the state of dreaming is imaginative – something like this.The technique of the suspension of disbelief is vital to the imaginative journey process as it assists the audience to identify with the text. The use of this device in these texts illustrates the significance of the process involved in the journey of the imagination.

The imaginative journey could be described as the exploration of the fictional or possible but not as yet existing circumstance, that can, however, be created though the manipulation of the subconscious mind. Lin Lim and Shakespeare's texts both demonstrate the importance of the journey in attaining our destination. Lin Lim's lines, written in the passive voice tosuggest a destination over which we have little control perhaps- "return to the place from which you came blessed and altered" encompasses the paradigm that suggests that without the journey one would never be ‘blessed and altered'. To usurp...
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