Journeys Essay

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To what extent has studying the concept of physical journeys expanded your understanding of yourself, of individual, and of the world?

Peter Skrzynecki’s Immigrant Chronicle, Gail Tsukiyama’s Night of Many Dreams and the website www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au broaden the understanding of individuals and of the world through exploring the notion of time, experience and change in differing perspectives. This is evident through the way language techniques and visual features are manipulated to create meanings.

The presentation of time as a fundamental component of a physical journey has greatly extended the perception of individuals and the world. In Immigrants at Central Station, 1951, time predetermines an individual’s fate and future. “While time ran ahead along glistening tracks of steel” supports this idea. “Tracks of steel” is a metaphor for the journey that the immigrants are about to undertake. Time is personified and because it is ahead of the immigrants, they have no control over their future journey, and are forced to follow the tracks. In Crossing the Red Sea, Skrzynecki uses different time periods of the day to contrast the monotonous reality of the immigrants’ dreams. “The day break took away the magic of dreams” depicts this idea through different language techniques. “The magic of dreams” implies their wonderful hopes which appear in their unreal visions at night. “Daybreak” is a metonymy for reality and it is personified to create an imagery of the immigrants’ dreams being snatched away by veracity and daylight. In the genuine world, they have to deal with memories that are “more tangible than words”. In NOMD, the notion of time is precisely articulated throughout the text. “By the time Joan arrived home, the sky had turned a dusty grey” reflects the passing of time is inevitable on a physical journey through the world. “Dusty grey” connotates…...

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