Journeys Essay - T.S Elliot, Phillip Otto Runge, Gwen Harwood & Melina Marchetta

Journeys lead to greater understanding. The notion of an ambiguous odyssey allows one to gain self-awareness, discover flaws and weaknesses as well as achieve spiritual enlightenment through physical, inner or imaginative journeys. The idea that journeys can lead to better appreciation and knowledge is explored in T.S Elliot’s poem “The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock”, Phillip Otto Runges artwork Dawn, Gwen Harwood’s poem In the Park and Melina Marchetta’s novel, Looking For Alibrandi.

That Journey’s lead to greater understanding is seen in T.S Elliots “The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock”, where the protagonist goes on an emotional journeys in which he gains self-awareness and knowledge of his isolated and insignificant state.
Through the progression of the poem, the use of interior monologue displays his consciousness state whilst the paradoxical use of parenthesis undermines his overall esteem. The idea of self-discovery is evident through rhetorical questions “Do, I Dare?” and this helps to reflect and question his lack of action. Prufrock metaphorically associates himself with a “pair of ragged claws”. The use of animal imagery characterizes him as a mindless creature that is a more primitive form of life. The concept of himself as “scuttling across the floor of silent seas” denotes his lack of direction in life and the sibilance used helps to heighten his submersion. Prufrock further explores his identity on his inner journey through his connection to Shakespearean allusions. His reference to Hamlet allows him to recognise that he is not a “Fool”.
It can be concluded that J. Alfred Prufrock’s self-consciousness is enhanced through his use of inner journeys thus allowing him to achieve a better understanding of himself.

Similarly, the artwork “Dawn” by Philipp Otto Runge, explores how imaginative journeys can lead us to spiritual enlightenment and a greater connection with other worlds. The painting displays the concepts of different human stages in...