The Journey . . . Suggested Additional Support Material

 The white man is evil, or so says Joseph Conrad in his novel “Heart of Darkness”, which describes the colonial transformation of the symbolically angelic African wilderness into an evil haven for the white man.  The novel presents a psychological journey into the core of evil.

In Herman Hesse’s novel, "Siddhartha" the title character, Siddhartha leaves the Brahmins in search of Nirvana - spiritual peace.  The journey he endures focuses on two main goals - to find peace and the right path. Hesse’s Siddhartha revolves around three central journeys - a physical, a mental, and a spiritual journey.

The Poetry of W H Auden The poet W. H. Auden often uses the symbol of life as a journey. In his series of poems titled “The Quest”, Auden reveals the early, unsteady steps of the traveller as he sets out to discover his life’s meaning, followed by descriptions of the obstacles and hindrances that lie in his way.

"Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki. Chihiro and her family are moving to a new town, Chihiro doesnt think too highly of moving away from her old town and her old friends, but her parents assure her that she will make plenty of friends. They come to the town and see a path that leads to the woods . . .

"Blade Runner " by Ridley Scott. Originally produced in 1982 and based on a 1969 novel, Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner soon became a cult movie. Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut was released in 1992 and is significantly different to the original release. . .


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