Journeys Speech - Robert Frost's 'the Road Not Taken' and 'a Tree Fallen Across the Road' and Victor Fleming's 'the Wizard of Oz' 1939

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Journeys – Transcript What is a journey? A journey implies travel, which can offer new sights, experiences, cultures and perspectives. It may be a physical, inner or imaginative journey, and tends to consist of many challenges or barriers that have to be met before a final goal is reached. In my chosen text, the Wizard of Oz, Directed in 1939 by Victor Fleming, Dorothy is lost during a cyclone that carries her and her dog Toto away from Kansas, over the rainbow and into the magical land of Oz. On her journey, Dorothy makes friends and meets enemies. But she persists in believing that she and her friends can realize their dreams, of which hers is getting back to her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in Kansas. Despite the familiarity of life in Kansas, Dorothy wondered what life offered beyond the bounds of her experience – she wondered what was “over the rainbow”. Dorothy’s journey is reminiscent of one’s spiritual journey in life. When Dorothy reflects on life beyond Kansas it makes reference to a person’s discontent in their life. Her call to action takes the form of a tornado. Often a person experiences similar feelings, but our call to adventure is usually more subtle than Dorothy’s. In the poem, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the persona comes to a fork in the road. He is unsure which way to go and wishes that he could travel both. He thinks the path he decides to take is not quite as worn as the other one, but really, the paths are about the same. He reflects on how he plans to take the road that he didn't take another day, but suspects that he probably won't ever come back. Instead, far off in the future, he'll be talking about how his decision was final and life changing. The ‘road’ in this poem has been used as a symbol for the journey of Life. The metaphor of the road is used persistently in the poem. The crossroad functions as a metaphor for a

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