Physical Journey Definition - Bored of Studies
Just as was shown in the physical journey, many that start theirpsychological journey do not complete it. There are many, especially those in the westernintellectual-technological society, that get "stuck." The evidence of people whoare psychologically "stuck" can be seen in the crime statistics, especially themurder rate of spouses and family members, the divorce rate at over 50%, drug addictions,and all types of mental disorders. In short, these are symptoms of societys deeppsychological and spiritual problems.
Physical Journeys :: Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Analysis
When the boys return from their journey, the voice over narrator states “We had only been gone two days but the town seemed different, somewhat smaller” implying that the characters had grown up. Even though their physical journey had only lasted two days, the emotional impacts of the obstacles they confronted had a lasting impression on these boys and assisted them in shifting from a childish perspective to a more mature outlook on life and the world around them. Further emphasising that physical journeys promote characters to grow.
A physical journey consists of the movement from one place to another, whereby the individual undergoes a process of change and development, becomes endowed with experiences, goals are achieved culminating in an overall transformation. Journeys often contain elements such as a lack of choice, uncertainty, danger, and obstacles. Such journeys are explored in Peter Skrzynecki's poems Immigrants at Central station and 'Crossing the Red Sea', Alan Moir's political cartoon MV Cormo Express (SMH 28/10/03), about the stranded sheep in the middle of the ocean, and also the bookcover for Victor Kelleher's Ivory Trail.
A physical journey occurs as a direct result of travelling from one place to another over land, sea or even space. The physical journey can occur individually or collectively, but always involves more than mere movement. Instead physical journeys are accompanied by inner growth and development, catalysed by the experiences and the decisions that impact the outcome of the journey. These journey concepts and the interrelationship between physical and emotional journeys is exemplified in the text; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the children’s book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and the film Stand By Me directed by Rob Reiner.The river in Huck Finn, the ocean in Lost and Found and the road in the yellow wood within The Road Not Taken are all pivotal symbols of the physical journey as are the train tracks in Rob Reiner’s film Stand By Me. This collective journey narrated by middle aged Gordie follows four 12 year old boys embarking on an adventure to find a child’s dead body bringing with it fame and fortune or so the characters assume. The audience watched as all four characters grow and mature along the way. Reiner uses Chris, the stereotypical tough kid as an example of how self-discovery can be achieved through a physical journey. In the scene where Chris breaks down he recalls the first time an adult let him down and the audience is exposed to how low his self esteem and hope for the future are because he is “the son of the town drunk”. The lessons that he learns from the obstacles he faces help him to challenge his perspective and in a later scene we see him encourage Gordie to take tougher classes at school by taking them with him. He goes on to become a lawyer later in his life, a future that Chris may never have hoped to achieve had he not undergone this physical journey.Similarly the values of friendship and companionship are strongly illustrated in the picture book Lost and Found. Like Huck Finn and the motif of the river connecting the journey, Lost and Found uses the sea to symbolise the journey as the one expanse of water that connects the boy and the penguin. Together the boy and the penguin embark on a physical journey across the ocean to return the penguin home to the Atlantic.The most famous physical journeys in the Bible, are the children ofIsraels journey from Egypt to Canaan Land and Abrahams journey out of the Urof Chaldean to the Promise Land. The Hegira (journey of Mohammad from Mecca to Medina in622 A.D.) is the most celebrated Islam migration. These journeys show that all physicaljourneys have a beginning or origin and an end or destination. A physical journey encompasses more than moving from place to place it involves emotional growth as show in the text The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lost and Found, The Road Not Taken and Stand By Me. All the characters learn something about themselves and their own identity whether it was individually or collectively. Each writer uses a variety of techniques to portray the physical and emotional journeys.Through this focus, students explore the ways in which texts depict physical journeys and their impact. Physical journeys involve different types of obstacles and movement to new places. They provide opportunities for travellers to extend themselves physically, intellectually and emotionally as they respond to challenges and learn more about themselves and the world around them. Students examine the underlying assumptions about these physical journeys and consider the power of the physical journey to challenge their thinking. In their responding and composing, students reflect on the ways these physical journeys broaden their understanding of the world and themselves.