'The Journey, not the Arrival Matters': discuss this statement focussing on how composers represent the concept of journeys.

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This very general cliché statement describes a widespread feeling towards the subject of journeys; the journey process is far more valuable then the 'destination' or end results of the journey. Composers commonly reiterate and emphasis this perspective through their texts such as Larry and Andy Wachowki's science fiction film "The Matrix", William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", Kenneth Grahame's "Wind In The Willows" and Sonya Hartnett's novel "Surrender". They represent the notion of journeys as consisting of some core ideas primarily including continual personal growth and external changes. The texts involve imaginative environments, situations, characters and elements, which cause the responder to suspend disbelief this of course is a major aspect of the imaginative journey concept. Literary techniques like metaphors and symbolism invade our minds subliminally creating the journey imaginatively, whilst character development shows inner changes.

"The Tempest" is a Shakespearean drama that demonstrates how composers can represent the ever-intriguing notion of journeys, especially imaginative journeys.

The play revolves around a magical confrontation on a sparsely inhabited tropical island, the isolated environment is a feature of imaginative journey texts. The plot structure, character development, symbolism, imagery, theme of enchantment and metaphors used depict a tale of magical adventure, of revenge and deceit, feasts and comedy, personal growth and reconciliation.

The Tempest basic plot line exemplifies a sub-genre of the imaginative journey named the Shipwrecked Mariner's Tale. This sub-genre is comprised of stories that involve the interruption of a planned journey leading to an alternative journey. This journey is into an unknown world where through struggle the character adopts changes to accept the different world. Also the change may occur for the character to reluctantly accept the new world as his/her 'home'.

The plot interestingly emphasises the process not unlike the statement 'the journey, no the end matters, the same meaning can...