The Imaginative Journey

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Journeys are the passage or process from one stage in life to another that forces the protagonist into realising their own surroundings, life and persona. The imaginative journey questions reality by inducing a new world or state of mind which might otherwise remain inaccessible, they evoke evaluation of life and the world we live in and can therefore be the catalyst of change. Imaginative journeys help to recognise the faults in one’s life and can be educational by teaching the protagonist to appreciate the simple things in life instead of being caught up in unnecessary aspects and expectations of society. The texts, “Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth and Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” uses the context of their time to create a journey that reveals their concerns about humanity to their audience. The spiritual transformation of their protagonist present their ideas of what society should portray by giving them a wider appreciation for nature and traditional values. Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” demonstrates the importance of nature to humanity after the sudden boom of urbanisation in the late eighteenth century. The Romantic context influences an idealised view on nature which counteracts with the rising industrialisation of eighteenth and nineteenth century England. The poem becomes the foundation of exploration of the journey. Wordsworth emphasises his concerns for the rapid destruction of nature by the use of repetition and exclamation marks in the opening sentence “Five years have passed; five summers, with the length of five long winters!” The seasonal imagery is a metaphor for how the five years that have passed have had no blissfulness or cordiality that are typically associated with summer, this reinforces the poets angst over his separation from nature. The connection between man and nature is significant for Wordsworth; the transformative power of nature over man enriches and energises his sense of being. Wordsworth captures the zeitgeist of...
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