Journey Speech


The ambiguous, alternate worlds of the imagination provide a link between the real and the unreal. Imaginative journeys allow the subconscious mind to freely evaluate and challenge society’s values, allowing the individual to overcome various obstacles and dilemmas, uninhibited by the binding limitations encountered within everyday life. Such freedom results in the individual gaining a greater sense of self, through the comprehensive evaluation of society. The surreal, magical worlds created by composers through a variety of language, film and visual techniques inspire and astonish the audience, causing them to speculate and question the norm.

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Fish’ and Margaret Atwood’s ‘Journey to the interior’ are two different mediums – a film and a free verse poem, they both are illustrative of the techniques exerted by composers to create the imaginative and inner journey.

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Fish’ film revolves around Edward Bloom telling his story to his son, Will Bloom. We as the audience witness the absurd, yet magical story of Edwards view on himself from a different perspective as a hero. The concept of journey is present in the film through flashbacks which are Edwards’s memories. In the flashbacks the responder is shown the concept of journeys having obstacles.

The use of Camera Tricks distinguishes flashbacks in-the-present action. The flashbacks are consistently more entertaining, magical, and rewarding. Part of this is due to the immobility of the action in the present time. In ‘Big Fish’, the flashbacks are used to exhibit Edwards’s memory, although a memory is an existentialist theory as it is not a reliable source.   “You become what you always were – a very big fish” said by will to his father, relates to the inner and the imaginative journey Edward embarks on as a fish which he eventually becomes one, implying that Edward reincarnates into a fish.

In the scene where Edward bloom is dying, the camera cuts through...