The Tempest and Wizard of Oz Journey Esay
The journey concept contains a number of components. It can be perceived as a process which leads to a conclusion or destination. The journey process is more significant than the destination. William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’, J. M Barrie’s novel Peter Pan and Victor Flemming’s film The Wizard of Oz (1939), all communicate journey concepts. Through analysing the ideas and textual conventions it will become evident that the ‘journey process’ is more important than the destination. Shakespeare shows a greater understanding of the journey concept and process, in showing the unknown of a journeys ending in ‘The tempest’. The tempest’ presents the idea of “the journey is more important than the destination” by showing how a journey can go awry. For example, the Italian aristocrats did not reach their intended destination, there is no physical destination in which the characters are to find, so therefore their journey of imagination and emotion is more significant. In order to overcome the journey process many have to escape the worlds realism and undergo a search to find the place, which is the journey to find their own imagination.
Shakespeare uses many techniques to convey his ideas and concepts. Music is a major factor in ‘The Tempest’. Shakespeare takes us on a romantic, imaginative journey that through lyrical song and music gives the play a magical mood. With the art of song Shakespeare uses Ariels songs and spiritual feelings to help convey the magical experience. “Come unto these yellow lands and then take hands: courtsied when you have and kiss’d the wild waves whist” – Ariel’s song. The characters in ‘The Tempest’ all speak with a rhythmic tone of voice which conveys the magical element of song.
Shakespeare uses hyphenated words to help create the world of imagination and uniqueness. “To th’ shore, that o’re his wave-worn basis bowed” – Francisco With these concepts and techniques Shakespeare’s play demonstrates and highlights the journey process. By having unusual characters that help reflect he journey process, Shakespeare creates an imaginative world. Ariel is a spirit of the Jacobean world. He is a navigator or spirit guide for Prospero throughout the journey process. Ariel uses the style of song to guide Prospero. All hail great master! Grave sir hail! ” -Ariel Shakespeare uses airy music, creates stormy experiences and makes Ariel a ghost like figure to help set the spiritual mood. With Ariel being a navigator for Prospero this helps highlight the concept of ‘the journey is more important than the destination. ’ The journey process is a challenge to all and Ariel demonstrates how a guide is needed to overcome the journey process. Therefore the journey is more significant in ‘The Tempest’, than the intended destination. The journey concept also appears in J.
M Barrie’s novel Peter Pan. Peter Pan involves a journey process in a mental and physical manner. Barrie has directed this novel to a young audience so the meaning behind the story may have been lost. The moral of peter pan is to never grow up, meaning not experiencing life to its full potential. Peter’s life is one big adventure and with his powers he can shut away what he wants. By running away from his parents he pushed them out of his life. “I don’t want to become a man, I want to always be a little boy and have fun. – Peter Pan He has spent his life not wanting to grow up and through the journey process of meeting Wendy he comes to realise reality, how important growing up and experiencing life’s difficulties can be. Barrie makes peter into an exaggerated stereotype of a boastful young boy who is very quick to point out how great he is. Peter’s life is one big adventure and in his eyes anything is good. “To die would be an awfully good adventure” – Peter Pan Barrie uses the magic of a fairy to help create the imaginative journey. Tinkerbelle is a navigator for Peter and the Darling children.
Tinkerbelle uses fairy dust to give the children the gift of flight. Barrie makes a passage for the Darling children. From crossing from reality to Neverland and back signifies the maturation of the children. For the children, Neverland promises eternal youth and freedom and for them to make the adult like decision to go home is a journey in itself. The journey to Neverland is imaginary and entirely physical. The challenges that the children face and decisions that they have to make, help them realise the importance of the real world.
For the Darling children it is not the physical arrival of being a home but the journey that they have experienced and completed together that made the journey more significant in the end result. The Wizard Of Oz highlights the significants of the journey process. Throughout the film Dorothy embarks on a physical journey to the Land of Oz and onwards to see the wizard. The inner journey which develops out of this physical journey is a lesson which Dorothy must learn. She is forced to acknowledge that home is the best place for her and running away is not an answer to her problems.
Flemming has used the same actors for different characters to convey the message that “there is no place like home” Flemming has used the transition from black and white to colour to symbolize the change from reality to imagination. Dorothy’s imagination takes her on a journey to the Land of Oz She faces obstacles which are her confined way of thinking. By facing the uncourageous lion she finds the courage in herself to overcome reality. The Land of Oz is a speculation of Dorothy’s imagination.
Dorothy ‘follows the yellow brick road’ which is metaphoric for her imaginative journey that she is taking. By taking the journey to Oz Dorothy finds that her attitude and her perceptions on those around her has been altered. In this case the journey of Dorothy’s imagination and thinking is more significant to help her overcome the challenges in reality. It is a combination of imaginative speculation, physical challenges and moral lessons which must be learnt. The characters are all symbols of lessons children must acquire to be a good person ‘have a heart’, ‘have brains’ and ‘have courage’.
It is not the acquisition of these moral characteristics which is important in the film, but the experiences acquired along the journey which has made the destination more worthwhile. Shakespeare’s play “the tempest”, J. M Barrie’s novel Peter Pan and Victor Flemming’s film The Wizard of Oz all highlight the significance of the journey process not the destination. The journey process is acquiring knowledge and understanding and throughout all the journeys in these texts knowledge and understanding has been gained. Jemima Floate