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Journey by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Transcript of Journey by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Journey by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malaysia in 1944.
She studied English at the University of Malaysia and later moved to the University of Massachusetts to receive her PhD.
Lim found safety in reading, and was a huge bookworm
She grew up in a family and culture with a history of abuse.
Malaysia is a multicultural/multiethnic country.
They are a very traditional people
Most Malaysians were Buddhists, but some did practice Hinduism and Catholicism
They also did a lot of foreign trading
Lim was very well known in Malaysia, but not so much in the United States
She had to overcome the struggle of being a female in a land that favors male roles.
We know that the narrator is female, and that she is telling the audience about a dream she had the night before.
The majority of the story takes place in her house
She gives the impression that she might be going crazy to the audience.
The story starts with the main character on a bus dreaming about her mother.
She arrives at her house, and walks in to find that her siblings are out of control
As she travels through her house, she sees her father asleep, and her mother is on the floor in the kitchen.
Her mother is in pain, and when the main character gets closer, she sees that her mother is bleeding uncontrollably.
She tries to clean the blood off her mother, but her attempts are futile.
She watches as her mother dies right in front of her.
She wakes up to find that it was all just a dream
Her mother had actually passed away a few years prior
She realizes that her mother is gone forever.
Person vs. Self
Main Character is in denial about her mother's death
Before we start...
Everybody take out a sheet of paper.
Write down what you remember about a past dream that you had (like a dream journal)
Share with your group members
Decide which person has the craziest dream
The title of the story is a symbol foreshadowing the main characters "journey" through the stages of grief.
The main character changes her attitude about the death of her mother.
The writer is presenting to us the audience a great truth about life: death is an inevitable force that can only be postponed.
Some relaxing music to help you think
Point of View (P.O.V)
The Point of View is 3rd person Limited
The audience only knows what the main character is thinking.
The author does not reveal the name of the main character, but we do know that the protagonist is female.
The girl is too young to comprehend the death of her mother, so she's in the denial stage for the majority of the short story.
We can infer that the girl is a part of the poor community of Malaysia because of the way she describes other houses compared to her own home.
Now that you know...
On the same paper from the beginning, answer these questions.
Analyze the causes of her insanity.
How would you react if you had a dream like the one that the girl had?
Predict how she felt the morning after her dream.
Even More Relaxing Music to Help You Think