Study Notes on Physical Journey

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The dictionary definition of "journey" - a trip or expedition from one place to another - describes the journey as movement on the part of the journey maker. That movement may a physical linear (from one point to a distinctively different other point)- "Immigrants at central station 1951"- Physical linear journey; "at the rail way station" "Families stood with blankets and packed cases" context within title. Train imagery illustrates that the journey is physical "train's whistle" (personification), "The signal at the platforms end turned red and dropped like a guillotine" (simile)-The travelers in "Crossing the Red Sea" take a linear journey, from their former European homeland towards a new home in Australia "As we crossed a sea" "as they beckoned towards a blood-rimmed horizon" (colour imagery), "looking for shorelines", "crossed sea".

-"Migrant hostel" from the station to the hostel to a new home. "Bus loads from the station" (imagery), constant movement enhances the concept of a physical journey "comings and goings", "arrivals/departures" (repetition of the concept).

- "Ithaca" states it as a linear from the wars to "Ithaca". Metaphor for home "Always keep Ithaca on your mind, to arrive there is your ultimate goal".

-"Play crack the sky" is a linear journey. Life to death- literal; "this is the end" (repetition) "our bodies washed up 20 miles west" (death imagery) or from the beginning of a relationship to an end- metaphorical; "this is the end" (repetition), "I need you like water in my lungs" (irony).

-"The wind in the willows" physical journey "wheels", "road", "highway", "caravan" (images associated with travel). Linear journey from home to an unknown destination "a gypsy caravan" (metaphor for traveling), "Camps, villages, towns, cities!" (Flash images, excitement).

Circular Journey (from a given starting point and returning to that same point)-The travelers in "Stand By Me" take...