PHYSICAL JOURNEYS How have the texts you have studied this year effectively shaped your understanding of the impact of journeys?

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The importance of a physical journey is the experience along the way and what it teaches. Through the texts Post Card and Migrant Hostel by Peter Skrzynecki, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Grapes of Wrath adapted from John Steinbecks novel and song lyrics of Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkelall these texts have effectively shaped my understanding of the impact of journeys not only through the texts but through the techniques and ideas and gave me a knowledge that helped me understand that a journey is not just a physical movement but an intellectual and emotional journey as well.

What happens along the journey helps the individual to learn and grow and gives themselves a greater understanding of the world and effectively shapes my understandings of the impact of journeys. This can clearly be clearly seen in the quote by Mirriam Beard 'Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it's a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.'

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem that can be figuratively applied to the authors life as a traveler who has two choices which are represented as 'two roads diverged in a yellow wood' which the traveler makes a choice of which road to take 'I took the one less traveled by' which to the author has 'made all the difference'.

The reason this journey is being taken is because it is a choice that can not be avoided just as in life, with the major barriers being the uncertainty of the travelers choice and the knowledge that the traveler would never get to the other road again 'and sorry I could not travel both.'

The technique of first person narration is employed by the author by...