Speech Essay

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ENGLISH SPEECH Journey’s are universal. They can take place in the hot and scorching heat of the city of Algiers or present itself between two polar nations separated by a sea and ongoing bloodshed. Whether it’s imaginative, inner, or simply physical, a journey can be defined as a sense of movement from one place to another where the traveller is challenged to deepen their understandings and perceptions of the world, establish an awareness of the unknown, and ultimately be motivated to critically examine their own growth and development as an individual. This interpretation of journey is effectively illustrated in the modern classic The Outsider by Albert Camus, the 2007 film The Kite Runner directed by Marc Foster and Shaun Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival. All three texts encompass thematic concerns like alienation and isolation, imagery and metaphors, and the exploration of self to communicate journey. The film The Kite Runner, adapted from the novel written by Khaled Hosseini, follows the story of Amir and Hassan who stand at polar ends of Afghan society but who have forged a relationship which is repeatedly challenged over three decades. The audience is confronted with Amir’s, the protagonist, inner and physical journey which is woven around the sport of kite fighting, a central image which is emblematic of the innocence which is lost but later found. Amir’s inner and physical journey is powerfully explored in this film, raising issues on the human condition and its adaptability to change. The director, Marc Foster, effectively employs the use of cinematic techniques like mise en scene and framing to demonstrate Amir’s transformation. In the film’s pivotal moment, the scene is set in a narrow and long alleyway in the city of Kabul. Halfway down the alley, out-of-sight and hiding behind timber crates, Amir

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