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Journey Project

A project for grade nine english about the archetypal journey.

Aveleigh Keller

on 11 June 2013

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For ENG1D Aveleigh Keller's Journey Project I chose Carl's ordinary world, from the movie 'Up'. His world involved being alone in his house, without Ellie. People worked in the neighborhood around his house, but he wouldn't let people buy his home. This video is a morning of Carl's ordinary world. The call to adventure is when a hero is called to a certain journey, by a phone call, or someone returning, or an event happening. It takes the hero away from his/her ordinary world. Refusal of the call is when the hero refuses to go on the journey, for reasons involving being too scared, or pressure put on by peers, family, or media. The hero overcomes these and ends up going on the adventure. Call to adventure/refusal of the call Meeting the mentor/crossing the threshold After crossing the threshold, the hero faces challenges, confronts enemies, and learns the rules of this special world. The hero has to learn who to trust, and who to stay away from. The hero has to survive in this special world before having the ordeal. Tests, Enemies and allies Approach to the Inmost Cave is when the hero is preparing for the ordeal, and getting ready to sacrifice whatever he/she must to succeed. Approach to the Inmost Cave Ordinary World The ordinary world is the hero's world before embarking on the adventure. It can vary from comfortable to scary. Rose's ordinary world (Doctor Who) was in London, England, working at the clothing shop, while living with her mother. Meeting the mentor is when the hero meets the person that helps them prepare for the adventure, and sometimes even introduces the adventure to them. Crossing the threshold happens when the hero makes the move that really puts them in the adventure. I chose this clip from 'Sherlock' when John meets Sherlock for the first time. Sherlock takes him on many adventures of solving crime after this. The kids' ordinary worlds in 'Freedom Writers' were all very different. Eva's ordinary world involved gang violence and people dying all around her. Before Mrs G came, her life was hard and terrible. When Bilbo Baggins refused his call to adventure, he refused it because he was quite content in his ordinary world, and he didn't want to leave it. He was also scared of getting hurt/dying on this adventure. Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on,
Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,
Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?
Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God's sake go and do it;
Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost. - Call of the Wild (Robert W. Service) " " An example is when Dean came to Stanford to collect his brother, Sam, (Supernatural) to find their father, whom has been missing. Sam refuses to go on the adventure with Dean. This shows the call to adventure, and refusal of the call. Buffy met her mentor in the pilot episode, when she met Giles. The kids in 'Freedom Writers' met Mrs G, and she was their mentor. Your buildings, tall, alien,
Cover the land;
Unfeeling concrete smothers, windows glint
Like water to the sun.
No breezes blow
Through standing trees;
No scent of pine lightens my burden.

I see your buildings rising skyward, majestic,
Over the trails where once men walked,
Who still hold the aboriginal title
In their hearts
By traditions known
Through eons of time.

Relearning our culture is not difficult.
Because those trails I remember
And their meaning I understand.

While skyscrapers hide the heavens,
They can fall. - Your Buildings (Rita Jones) " " This poem shows Rita Jones' ordinary world. Her life as an aboriginal girl, who lives in the city. She sees non-aboriginal people's buildings growing, and wrecking her homeland. She knows that if they keep growing, they will eventually fall because the environment cannot withstand all of the pressure humans put on it. This is her ordinary world. Katniss' call to adventure was when her sister, Primrose, got picked at the reaping ceremony. She went on the adventure to save her sister's life. (The Hunger Games) Aveleigh Keller
Mr. Linley
June 17, 2013 That morning, Craig flipped through the Toronto Star in search of the comics, he was struck by a story. A raw, but courageous story of a boy his age named Iqbal.

Iqbal Masih was born in South Asia and sold into slavery at the age of four. In his short life, he had spent six years chained to a carpet-weaving loom. Iqbal captured the world’s attention by speaking out for children’s rights.

Eventually, Iqbal’s wide media coverage caught the attention of those who wished to silence him. At 12, Iqbal lost his life defending the rights of children.

What Craig learned from Iqbal’s story was that the bravest voice can live in the smallest body.

Craig had to do something. This was Craig Kielburger's call to adventure. When he saw that Iqbal had died because he spoke out against his oppressors, he felt that the needed to do something. Craig must have been scared, and he must have had some days where he thought that there was no way that he could make a difference, which would be the refusal of the call. But he went through with the decision to free the children, and helped a lot of people along the way. ("Our Story" Free the Children) " " Giles was Buffy's mentor because he taught her how to fight well, and taught her some things about life as well. Her father was absent a lot (as her parents were divorced) so he sort of took over that responsibility and became her father figure. "Anthony Stewart Head (Giles and Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)" McHorse, Shawn. "Giles and Buffy" Annikcoch123. "Anthony Stewart Head Interview" Hartinger, Brent "The First 15 Minutes Project: Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Bird, Matt. "Welcome to the Hellmouth" ("Freedom Writers" Jeffonrock) Bibliography Free the Children. "Our Story." Free the Children. 27 May 2013. Hartinger, Brent. "Anthony Stewart Head Interview." The Torch Online. N.p., 11 June 2009. Web. 27 May 2013. Annikoch123. "Giles and Buffy." Fanpop. Spin Entertainment, n.d. Web. 27 May 2013. McHorse, Shawn. "Anthony Stewart Head (Giles and Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)." RockyMusic - The Musical World of Rocky Horror. Shawn McHorse. Web. 27 May 2013. "Welcome to the Hellmouth." Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Wiki. Wikia. Web. 27 May 2013. Bird, Matt. "The First 15 Minutes Project: Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Cockeyed Caravan. Blogspot, 6 Jan. 2013. Web. 27 May 2013. Jeffonrock. "Freedom Writers." Glogster. Web. 27 May 2013. Mrs G was their mentor, as she taught them how to be more open to other cultures, and less racist. She helped them along their adventure, and brought them together as friends. She also taught them English. Excerpt from Theseus I chose this clip from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" because Snow White is meeting new people in the special world after she ran away from her evil stepmother, and she is figuring out whether they are nice or not. By the end of the clip, they realize that they are allies, and should work together. (Except Grumpy, but he's just grumpy). (My own screenshot of the show) (My own screenshot of the show) (My own screenshot from the show) Pultz, Micheal R.. "Mike P Movie Trailer." SUPA-BL4. Wikispaces, 8 Nov. 2010. Web. 27 May 2013. "Mike P. Movie Trailer" Pultz, Micheal R. "Character Entertainment Monthly Feature" Dunn, Randall Allen. Dunn, Randall Allen. "Character Entertainment Monthly Feature." Building Character Through Fiction!. Word Press, 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 27 May 2013. West didn't want to have to explain this all to Collin, so he just shrugged. Collin nodded understandingly, which was what West needed at the moment.
Mara cut in, “So, have you given him the tour?”
“Yes, Mara.” Collin still respected Mara, even though he was in charge of the food. West guessed she just had that vibe about her. He thought that maybe that's why she's in charge. “You wanna sit with us at lunch?” Collin asked him.
West didn't really know what to say. On one hand, Collin seemed nice, and West knew he needed friends. But on the other hand, Mara scared him. Also, West didn't really know if she wanted him to sit with them. She had a look of pure annoyance. West knew it's better to have friends and enemies than nobody.
“Sure.” he replied. would-you-like-a-jelly-baby. "You Jelly, Baby?." Tumblr. Web. 28 May 2013. ("You Jelly, Baby?" would-you-like-a-jelly-baby) "Bilbo Baggins." Tolkien Gateway. N.p., 12 May 2013. Web. 28 May 2013. ("Bilbo Baggins") Alexisfan07. "Katniss Volunteers." The Hunger Games Wiki. Wikia, 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 28 May 2013. ("Katniss Volunteers" Alexisfan07) "The Reaping." The Hunger Games. Google Sites. Web. 28 May 2013. ("The Reaping") "Katniss Everdeen." Awesome Stories. Web. 28 May 2013. ("Katniss Everdeen") This excerpt is from my book, "Go West".

This is an example of tests, enemies, and allies, because it is when West is just meeting the people of the community; Mara, Collin, Willow, and Taylor. He has to figure out where he fits in the community, and whether they are allies, or enemies. He is still not sure of Mara, but he thinks he can trust Collin, Willow, and Taylor.

The tests are later in the novel, but this is an example of enemies and allies. " " ("Go West" Aveleigh Keller) An example of tests is when Tris has to prove herself worthy to be in Dauntless by completing a series of tests of bravery. The first one is testing on weapon wielding. The next is hand to hand combat. The next one is a test of the mind, putting them in fearscapes, and seeing how well they perform under fear. These tests are an example of tests, enemies, and allies, as during the tests she learns who she can trust (Four, Christina, Will) and who she can't trust (Peter, Molly, Drew) An example of Tests, Enemies, and Allies in my life was when I moved to Stratford and started at Central. Moving to Stratford I didn't know many people at Central, other than Mariana (acquainted with Maddie). So after I crossed the threshold into Central, I had to figure out who my friends and enemies were. During this time I became friends with other people, like Matt, Hannah, and Kate. The one person I wasn't sure of was Ariana. I wasn't sure if she was my ally, or enemy. But we gradually became friends, and now she's one of my closest. Some of the tests were tests in school, and learning how Central worked (both socially and physically. I got lost a million times.)
Moving to Stratford was an adventure, and I definitely had the stage of Tests, Enemies, and Allies. I chose this clip from, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" because this is right before Buffy and her friends go into the hell mouth to fight the first evil and his/her ubervamps. They know that they can die, yet they try and be brave. They've been through so much together, and this is their way of saying goodbye. (It's the series finale in season seven) Vilkomerson, Sara. "Shailene Woodley faces knives in 'Divergent'." Entertainment Weekly. 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 31 May 2013. ("Shailene Woodley faces knives in 'Divergent'" Sara Vilkomerson) Another example of approach to inmost cave is when I was getting ready for my first day of high school. I picked out the perfect outfit to make a good impression. In 'Through the Tunnel', approaching the inmost cave happened when Jerry was preparing to go in the water and go through the tunnel. He put on his goggles, fitted them tight, tested the vacuum. His hands were shaking. Then he chose the biggest stone he could carry and slipped over the edge of the rock until half of him was in the cool, enclosing water and half in the hot sun. He looked up once at the empty sky, filled his lungs once, twice, and then sank fast to the bottom with the stone. He let it go and began to count. He took the edges of the hole in his hands and drew himself into it, wriggling his shoulders in sidewise as he remembered he must, kicking himself along with his feet. " " - Doris Lessing ("Through the Tunnel." Doris Lessing) Lessing, Doris. "Through the Tunnel." San Juan Unified School District. Web. 1 June 2013. ORDEAL The ordeal is the part in the journey when the hero faces the climax of the journey, facing the biggest obstacle in his/her way, facing life or death. This example is from the rock opera, "Tommy". I chose it because this is when Tommy's mother is fed up with him not being able to hear her or see her, and she's getting desperate. It's life or death, because he's either going to recover from it, or not at all. Another example of the ordeal is when Theseus was fighting the minotaur. It was life or death, he was either going to live, or die. It was also the climax of the story, being what sets everything up after that. monkeysinthecupboard. "Theseus and the Minotaur." EDU Blogs. edub, 27 Aug. 2011. Web. 3 June 2013. ("Theseus and the Minotaur" monkeysinthecupboard) Not all ordeals are literally life and death. Some are just doing something like homework; failing or getting an A+. An example is in Glee when they're performing in a contest, and they either win or don't win. It depends on whether they perform well or not. "Glee wiki." Wikia. Web. 3 June 2013. ("Glee Regionals" Wikia) "He came upon the creature asleep and fell upon it, pinning it to the ground; and with his fists - some versions of the story have him using a sword provided by Ariadne - he beat it to death." ("Theseus and the Minotaur" Hamilton, Edith. 2) REWARD The reward is when the hero has survived the ordeal, and he/she now gets the prize that he/she was trying to get by going through the adventure. Hamilton, Edith. "The Age of Heroes: An Introduction to Greek Mythology" Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1959. I chose this clip from "The Lion King" because this is when Simba gets his reward. He gets to be king, and he has a little baby girl to carry on his legacy. It fits well, because it is after the ordeal, when he has to fight with Scar. My reward will be when I graduate high school (the graduation ceremony). When I finally get to start college, and begin my life. Carl's reward in "Up" was when he came back with Russel (after leaving Ellie's house on Paradise Falls) and has fun with Russel. Carl becomes Russel's father, and Russel becomes the son that Carl never got to have. (excuse the subtitles, I screenshot-ed these from a website that had them) In Conclusion... I have learned that there are journey's in everything. From day to day adventures, to adventures like Theseus' in "Theseus and the Minotaur". My life journey isn't over yet, but my journey through grade nine almost is. I've learned a lot this grade nine year, socially and academically. I hope to learn even more throughout my high school career. Like in Up, this adventure may be over (like Carl's adventure with Ellie) but I have my grade ten adventure coming up soon (like Carl's adventure with Russell, going to Paradise Falls). From delving into my journey project, I have realized how many adventures I have been on, just from birth. Also, how many mini-journeys there are in bigger journeys. I have been on many adventures throughout my grade nine year. Like the journey to Washington with my music department, and going through rehearsals and starting shows with "The Sound of Music". I may not have life or death situations, like the von Trapps did in the "Sound of Music", but sometimes they seem just as terrible. Like when I had to decide on whether to do "The Sound of Music" (with Drayton Entertainment) or "The Drowsy Chaperone" (a Theatre Central production) it was very hard. I had a lot to think about, and I would have to pick something. It was either or, and I eventually decided "The Sound of Music", but not after some tough love and tears. So in conclusion, instead of thinking an adventure has just ended, I should just realize that a new adventure is beginning, and I'm excited. In "The Sound of Music", their ordeal is when the Nazis are coming after them, making them have to think of a plan to escape. Captain von Trapp does not want to be a Nazi, but if he refuses and they catch him, his family and his wife, Maria, would be punished as well. So they have to figure out a plan to escape. When they do figure out a way to escape (by singing in the concert and leaving in the car, heading over the border) they have to do it right, or else they will be caught and punished (concentration camps). It's a life or death situation. “When God closes a door, he opens a window, but it's up to you to find it.” - Jeanette Walls “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” - Eleanor Roosevelt That's what an adventure is, isn't it? Trying to seek out a newer experience, and a better life? That's exactly what my project is about; adventures. The archetypal journey is used in so many stories, originating back in ancient times. It is still used today, and an adventure cannot be what it is without it. My project will include; the ordinary world; call to adventure; refusal of the call; meeting the mentor; crossing the threshold; tests, enemies, and allies; approach to the inmost cave; ordeal; and the reward. So lay back, and let me guide you through my grade nine English experience. (The music is playing in this slide, when you go on to the next one the music will stop)
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