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Imaginative Journeys in Literature Essay

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The imagination was used to create an alternative fictitious world in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest'. The ingenious journeys unraveled the mysteries of this imagined world but what truly matters is the path of the journey not the destination. The journey ended with the opposite of what it started with, reality, and abandoning magic. The substantial component of the play is the transition from illusion to reality, magic to veracity. The Tempest's imaginative journey can be divided up into sub-journeys, each with their own path and arrival. The first sub journey is evident to both the characters and the audience. Prospero produces a magic storm that disrupts the order of the true world. It creates chaos on the ship and shows nature at it's extremes. The natural order and rank on the ship is disrupted, the boatswain command the noble rank to move from the way and the noble rank now obey orders for a change, the boatswain order Alonso to "keep below... keep your cabins, do not assist the storm... silence." The unnatural strength of the storm reverses the roles and ranks of the people onboard. The extreme event brings out the extreme personality traits in the characters. Gonzalo's good nature is clear from the beginning when he accepts his fate and begins to pray. Antonio's and Sebastian's rude, abusive behavior is evident when they insult the men and women that are attempting to save their lives by calling them "blasphemous, incharitable dog's." The imaginative journey for the audience is to imagine the level of the storm and the mayhem caused by it. They picture the extremes of nature and the disorder in natural ranks. The nature of the storm is subsequently revealed to the audience by Propero, the audience immediately sees who is controlling...

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