Imaginative Journeys Essay - the Tempest, the Hobbit, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Town Where Time Stands Still

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“All of us experience journeys in our lives. However it is the way that each person responds to journeys that defines us as individuals” How have the composers of the texts you have studied conveyed these differences in response to the journey? An individual’s response to the inevitable experience of the journey is what defines and shapes each of us. In The Tempest, The Hobbit, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and text 7 of the Board of studies Booklet extract from The Town where Time Stands still, the composers represent this concept Through the portrayal of characters we experience how the journey has impacted upon their perspectives and defined themselves and their destiny. William Shakespeare’s The Tempest transports the responder to an exotic, fictitious and unnamed island, forcing us to suspend our belief in reality as we venture into a world inhabited by magical creatures and ethereal spirits. The deposed Duke of Milan Prospero uses magic to create a fantastical situation in order to reform and reconcile the other characters and restore harmony to his kingdom, characters are taken on an imaginative journey and Prospero himself is on a journey of exile that has been forced upon him after being usurped by his brother Antonio “But foul play, as thou say’st were we heaved thence” act 1.2. This journey causes him to explore what it means to have power and to relinquish it. Miranda and Ferdinand experience a Journey of love and power of unity, the wonderful outpour of innocent joyous love is one Prospero hoped for but with all his magic could not create. King Alonso of Naples- Antonio, Sebastian and Alonso commit the sin of deposing Prospero but only Alonso feels guilty for it, he accepts that the loss of his son Ferdinand was punishment for sinning against Prospero. The journey of redemption and the desire for repentance is evident in Alonso, he

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