The Journey Illustrated In Four Works: The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock, Of Eurydice, Sky High, And 48 Shades Of Brown

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The word “journey” describes a profusion of events. These events can occur physically; physical journey or emotionally and intellectually; inner journey. It is important to define the Journey achieved, while analysing any specific text. The set text in this essay “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by TS Elliot and “Of Eurydice” by Ivan Lalic can be used to create a comparison in order demonstrate the uniqueness and significance of each journey. “Sky High” written by Hannah Robert and contemporary novel “48 shades of brown” can be compared with the set text to help identify the Journey enclosed in the text. These Journeys all relate to an explicit idea, all journeys are unique and have extreme significance in the life of the traveller. After completing these Journeys, the outcome is likely positive however can turn out negative.

The poem Of Eurydice by Ivan Lalic based on a greek myth puts forward that journeys can allow one learn and gain knowledge, therefore this supports journeys usually have positive outcomes. “Eurydice” emphasises an inner journey prompted by physical journey set in “thick darkness devoid of time”; Hades. The journey is of Opheseus who, to regain his wife who passed away from a snakebite, travels to Hades. The use of strong adjectives for example “strata of dead birds” creates an accumulative effect of imagery that helps follow the dark and intimidating physical journey of Orpheseus into the underworld. The first stanza reflects failure “I return alone”, creates an anticlimactic start to the poem. This also implies Orpheseus was unsuccessful in bringing back his wife, however it creates sense of mystery for the reader. “I was alone, you see” reinforces heroism that is technically impossible, as he has travelled to the place of dead. The simile, imagery used in “Eurydice, unravelled like a tree into its roots” demonstrates that Orpheseus looked back at Eurydice, which to his doom sent Eurydice back to Hades; the place of the no return. “To leave as I came, with dignity” this statement defines self-reflect that creates contrast to journey, as Orpheseus has new meaning and appreciation for life. He doesn’t disapprove the journey though reflects to his journey as something to learn from. Oxymoron used in “and hideously enriched” conveys the gain of self-knowledge, accepting the past and bravely confronting the present. As a result of Orpheseus’ bravery and true love, the story and love of Orpheseus is still alive. “Of Eurydice” highlights that journeys can be inevitable; they can allow one to learn out of their experiences.

Short story Sky-high written by Hannah Robert shares similar properties of Journey as the poem “Prufrock”. Inner journey can be both positive but negative accompanied by physical journey factors. Sky high uses the predicament of ageing as the main theme the purpose of this story is to describe. This story has been written using sophisticated language yet has a colloquial register. The descriptive...

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