Everybody takes a journey within their lifetime both self-reflection and time in an individual’s inner journey. The journey the individual takes could have a small impact on the individual or could leave the individual fundamentally altered. Journey could be defined as an inner journey-pertaining to the mind and spirit, a physical journey involving movement to a new destination or an imaginative journey that has evoked a sense of change. The three texts Sally Morgan’s Autobiography My Place (1987), Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken (1915) and Richard LaGravene’s film Freedom Writers have the same thing in common; they all take a journey both of the mind and spirit and reveals the importance of self-reflection and time. Each Author explores their range of structural and language techniques, some of these include, using first person to first person plural (when Sally Morgan's mum wants to find out more about her aboriginal heritage, from the term ‘I’ they change it to ‘We’), they also use imagery and dialogue (the poem The Road Not Taken when Robert says ‘yellow wood’) and they also use colloquial language. Self-reflection and time are both important significant aspects of any inner journey. Sally Morgan’s autobiography My Place begins her journey with her being ‘a grubby five year old’ to her wanting to find out more about her aboriginal heritage ‘her place in the world’. In her childhood at the age of 15 she wants to find out more about her background but her mum said ‘tell them your Indian’. Morgan’s use of first person allows the reader to witness Sally’s inner journey with Sally’s change and grows, through shows self-reflection. But in chapter Morgan changes from first person to first person plural, from ‘I’ to ‘We’. The reader emphasises with Morgan as they can see Sally’s growing need to discover more about her identity and her aboriginal heritage. When sally discovers that she’s aboriginal from her mother she experiences an epiphany as it forms her life-long quest knowing more about her, her people and the past. It’s here where sally realises that her challenges and the obstacles she has to face are an important aspect of her inner journey both mentally and physically. Sally Morgan’s My Place explores the self-reflection and time in an inner journey. A significant scene in the autobiography is when she was confronted by the Christian Deacon after going to several of masses saying to Sally not to associate with his daughter Mary. This milestone acts as a catalyst for a Morgan as she realises she’s lacking her aboriginal spirituality. Morgan’s embedded anecdotes allow her to describe these important milestones to a point where she becomes often honest and humorous. These milestones and personal stories provide Sally with a chance to communicate and connect with the reader revealing the discrimination and alienation she often had to cope with. To create a deeper understanding and connection Morgan and her mother embark on a physical journey to Corunna Downs, this is the heritage and heart of her ancestors. Sally mentions how this physical and mental journey fundamentally altered her life ‘What had begun as a tentative search for knowledge had grown into a spiritual and emotional pilgrimage’. It’s through this physical journey where she discovers her place in the world, about her past and most importantly a sense of herself. While she faced many obstacles and challenges, her journey was one of change.
Members of Sally’s family change as a result of their inner journey. The main result of this was because of Sally Morgan. In the first half of the autobiography Sally’s mother and grandmother are hesitant to associate themselves with their aboriginal heritage because of the past. They are both cautious to have their family identified as Aborigines as they are frightened of the discrimination and prejudice. Daisy is convinced her grandchildren don’t want her instead want ‘a white grandmother’....
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