Analysis of Huckleberry Finn - Physical Journeys

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English Assessment Task 1: Physical Journeys By Jamie Dick “The road of life twists and turns and no to directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr. Journeys are often perceived as being one of travel or mere movement, however, as exemplified through this quotation; it is apparent that through physical journeys many lessons can be learnt, and thus the character begins to develop in a manner of ways. Physical Journeys encourage intellectual and emotional development as challenges or altercations are dealt with, and also incite inner growth and development evoked by experiences and decisions that are taken on the journey. This links directly into 3 textual materials, all closely related in this aspect. The first of which, is the core text; Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1876 – 1883), which follows the story of a young boy by the name of Huck Finn, and his search for freedom with his negro companion Jim. Throughout the text Huck develops to defy the racial prejudice dominating this era, whilst also overcoming social barriers to believe in his own sense of morals and ethics. The first related material is The Journey (1910), a poem composed by Rabindranath Tagore. This again, exemplifies through the main character, the personal growth experienced while undertaking such physical journeys, as he builds confidence in himself to continue his adventure after being abandoned. The next piece of related material is a visual image of the Apollo 11 voyage, featuring Neil Armstrong beside the American flag on the moon. In this case, journeys are seen to be more than travel as this defies previously set boundaries and are a vessel through which we can expand our knowledge. Through juxtaposing these three examples, it is transparent that physical journeys are far more than just travel; they incite

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