Journey Essay

920 Words Jul 9th, 2014 4 Pages
Journey Essay

A journey is shown to change an individual and/or give a deeper understanding of their world, and can take the form of a physical, inner or imaginative journey. These journeys however can be a combination of two, inviting readers to explore deeper within the story. This is advocated with Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the rings trilogy, to which characters not only undertake a physical journey but a undergo inner struggles and changes.The characters of Huckleberry Finn (Twain) and Frodo Baggins (Jackson) will be analysed before and after their journey to which the effects of journeys will be expressed to the audience.

Mark Twain’s Huck Finn through his ignorance of ‘racism’ within his society
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Jackson expresses this idea with the use of peaceful music with intercutting shots of partying and enjoyment. However, to highlight the journey about to take place with Frodo, Bilbo uses the “one ring” to disappear in plain sight in front of his guests foreshadowing Frodo’s own journey with the ring. By exposing the audience to the simplistic ways of the Shire who are not affected by the outside world, the struggle that Frodo undergoes in his journey are intensified.

It is during the moral climax of Huckleberry Finn that the inner journey undertaken is shown to enlighten Huck of the true flawed nature of his society. With the duke and the dauphin having sold Jim, Huck takes a moment to consolidate his thoughts by writing a letter to Miss Watson, to which he ultimately decides to rip up, resolved to rescue Jim from “slavery”. “It was a close place. I took . . . up [the letter I’d written to Miss Watson], and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.” It is through this quote that the conflicted morality of Huck is exposed

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