Journeys Speech

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To complete any journey one must take risks and overcome obstacles. Inner or physiological journeys are journeys of the mind which when travelled can increase one’s knowledge and sense of fulfilment. This type of journey is explored in both Robert Frost’s “The Road not Taken” and Gabriele Munccino’s film “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

In Frost’s poem the idea of decision-making is explored through the use of the extended metaphor of the two roads, “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.” Frost uses this extended metaphor to illustrate that journeys involves choices we have to make and like the split path in the woods the choice we do end up making will shape the next part of our lives. The two road are also contrasted, one said to be “having better claim” and “wanting wear. “Frost indicates here that taking the path less travelled or the riskier path has “made all the difference” and therefore delineates the fact that although we face obstacles such as these difficult decisions in our own journeys, when we overcome them we increase our knowledge and our self-worth. Another technique used by Frost is that of first person, which enables the audience to be included in the decisions just as he, himself was, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.” Here Frost shows his inner journey Through his thoughts and thinks, at the caesura, about the path he has taken. Although Frost is happy with the path he took there is still a bit of regret as he will never know what would have happened if he took the other path.

Munccino’s film “The Pursuit of Happyness” portrays the concept of an inner journey through its protagonist Chris Gardiner. A defining moment in Chris’s journey is when he passes by a stock broking firm and learns of an internship which he’d like. In this scene Munccino uses calm uplifting music to symbolise the opportunity which has arrivedin Chris’s journey. A voiceover accompanies this scene

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