English Speech – “The only journey is the one within”
The internal journey; the journey within has been the subject of great cogitation and contemplation throughout academic discussion. Through scrutiny of Ivan Sen’s film ‘Beneath Clouds’ and Stephen Chbosky’s ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ we begin to see aspects of the affiliation between the internal journey and alternate journeys. Today, ladies and gentlemen I argue that the inner journey is the central and pinnacle of all conceived journeys, that all other journeys, work to shape and determine the fundamental and paramount internal journey.
The idea of the inner journey being moulded by other journeys is immediately noticeable through the lead male characters in both Beneath Clouds and the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Vaughn portrays himself as a being that lacks emotion and disregards a relationship with his family, however throughout the film we realise that he is a highly emotional character that attempts to uphold an external image of a hoodlum. Evidence of this can be seen through his carving in the tree, and his instinctive denial of his sensitive actions when asked by a fellow inmate. The close up of the ‘Country Meats’ sign and the caged horse as Vaughn observes is also symbolic and is a metaphor for Vaughn’s life and how he views his predestined future. He feels trapped and predetermined for death. As the character of Vaughn develops we realise that he faces an intense conflicting internal journey, which he seeks to resolve through a physical journey to visit his mother.
Charlie’s character from the Perks of Being a Wallflower is also unique, in the nature that he is strongly defined and characterised by his inner journey and personal conflict. While extremely intelligent, Charlie is described as a “shy, introspective” child and serves as the epitome of the teenager who struggles to express and convey emotion. The format of the text is set in letters Charlie writes to an imaginary friend...
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