Journeys, Harvie Krumpet, Stefania's Dancing Slippers and Big World

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PHOEBE HUGHES, YR 11 ADVANCED ENGLISH

ESSAY – JOURNEYS

DUE 15 MARCH, 2011

Everything in life can be related back to a journey - our character and ability to deal with situations will greatly influence the kind of people we will become. By studying the concept of a journey through a variety of texts, it is clear that it is the journey, not the destination that ultimately matters. The texts, Harvie Krumpet a Claymation short film by Adam Elliot, Stefania’s Dancing Slippers by Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher, and Tim Winton’s short story, Big World, reoccurring themes emerge with respect to life’s journeys. Among these are that a sojourner may experience lead to self-realisation and personal revelation, and sometimes, maturity. Further, it is evident that one cannot completely control the direction of their own journey – events and other individuals can shape the journey. Finally, journey’s can lead to unexpected outcomes.

A journey may cause the traveller to encounter self-realisation and maturity. This is revealed in all of the chosen texts. In the Claymation short film, Harvie Krumpet, similes have been included to get a greater understanding of how protagonist felt inside his own skin. “He couldn’t control his urges, it was like trying to control a sneeze”. From the early stages of Harvie’s life, he was different and he did not know why, it wasn’t until the doctors informed him that he had Turrets’ syndrome that he could understand why he did the things that he did. Harvey’s journey through rejection and misunderstanding at school are the start of self-realisation. At a young age he was already beginning to learn things about himself. Adam Elliot uses sound effects to engage with the audience. When Harvie’s journey leads him to a decision to become an activist, loud dramatic music plays he dances around nude, and frees chickens from their cages. This expresses the triumphant feeling of self-realisation - he had come to realise his passion...
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