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Transcript of Discovery
The word ‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘Unconquered’, and the poem of the same name, by William Ernest Henley, fits the theme superbly. It is a stanzaic poem of self discovery, just four stanza by four lines long, and yet conveys the author's personal journey perfectly. The bulk of the poem is spent describing the various hardships that the author has gone through, and the way that he has weathered, resisted and triumphed.
He learns that it is better to take control of your own destiny than merely what comes to you as it is. This reflects Henley’s own life, in which he contracted tuberculosis of the bone in his youth, which then progressed to an unavoidable amputation in his twenties. When doctors told him he must undergo a similar operation in his other leg, he took control of his destiny and enlisted the help of Dr Joseph Lister and his revolutionary anti-septic medicine. They were able to save the leg, but not without a twenty month stay in hospital, during which time he wrote ‘Invictus’, among other poems.
Through these hardships he learns that although it is easy to blame chance for misfortune, you are better off accepting what comes to you and gaining strength from your experiences.
His attitude of independence is demonstrated by his agnostic attitude, presented when he thanks “whatever gods may be”. The existence of gods is completely unimportant to his existence, and any success or failure in life can be completely attributed to him.
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A digital portfolio consisting of texts with strong themes of discovery
‘Invictus’ has been an inspiration for people troubled by fell circumstance since it was first published, and has been quoted by many political and public figures, including Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. It has continued to be an inspiration to this day, and carries a powerful message to anyone undergoing hardship in their life.
A digital portfolio of 8 texts types, created by Team Water Bottle. This will demonstrate a comprehensive range of knowledge and texts that elucidate the ideas and implications of Discovery.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Written by Jesse Robinson. Edited by Alex Parker
Hopeless, Colleen Hoover
Written by Jesse Robinson
Pursuit of Happyness, Gabriele Muccino
Written by Jonty Gardner. Input from Jesse Robinson.
The Breakfast Club, John Hughes
Written by Jonty Gardner. Input from Jesse Robinson.
To This Day Project, Shan Koyczan
Written by Sam Speechley
The Eleventh Hour, Graeme Base
Written by Sam Speechley . Input by Jonty Gardner
One Summer, Bill Bryson
Written by Alex Parker
Invictus, William Ernest Henley
Written by Alex Parker. Edited by Jesse Robinson.
This dramatic monologue is spoken by the protagonist, whose identity is revealed through his personal perspective. Ulysses was a hero from the Trojan War who got lost and was traveling for many years before returning home to his family and country. He believes there is no point staying home with his old wife and mundane life. He is compelled to live life to the fullest and travel the world to fully embrace the Earth’s beauty. Although he has enjoyed life as a sailor, exploring the sea, he sees himself as a symbol for those who have wandered and roamed the Earth. His travels and experiences have exposed him to new experiences and encounters that have shaped who he is, as he discovers more about his emotional self particularly his need to constantly be absorbing new experiences and knowledge.
William Ernest Hensley
Ulysses addresses an unidentified audience about his concern for his son in the third stanza. His son, Telemachus, will be his successor as he travels, gaining a lot of responsibility in his father’s wake. Telemachus will continue governing the island as his father fulfills his urge to travel, and Ulysses praises his sons prudence and dedication as a ruler.
The final stanza targets the mariners with whom Ulysses has worked and traveled with. He states that although they are old, it doesn’t mean they don’t have the drive to do noble and honorable things before their time is up. He declares that he will continue travelling and absorbing these life changing experiences until his death.
In the summer of 1927 America was at the
top of the world. They had a booming stock market- the biggest in the world, and only a year before the great depression. An unknown American aviator became the most famous person in the world overnight when he became the first person to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, propelling America to the top of the aviation world in the process. In the same summer, talking pictures and television were both invented by Americans, driving America’s entertainment industry to the biggest in the world, and securing Hollywoods standing in history. It heralded the peak of Al Capones criminal career, and the miraculous comeback of Babe Ruth.
‘One Summer 1927’, by Bill Bryson,
is a historical narrative that is unique in that it is almost entirely about the events of merely one summer, and one nation. It’s overarching storyline is that of Charles Lindbergh, the first human to fly across the Atlantic, being in New York one day, then Paris the next. His achievements showed the world not only that trans-atlantic flight was possible, but also that America was a major player, beating all of mainland Europe in a field that they had dominated in since the WW1. It was, in a way, the first time that America truly showed the world what it was truly capable of, and it showed Americans what they could do if they put their minds to it.
When the book is not talking about Charles Lindbergh,
it is about the myriad of other phenomena that were occurring almost simultaneously. It talks about Al Capone, Henry Ford, President Coolidge (said to work 4 hours a day and sleep much of the rest), boxing, radical terrorists, a couple of amazing murder trials, the Great Mississippi Flood and the invention of television, among others.
You can talk about the World Wars, the War for Independence, Vietnam or 9/11 as much as you like, however Bryson makes an extremely entertaining and compelling argument that the true time that America found it’s identity, it’s place in the world, was that one summer, of 1927.
Seventeen year old Sky sees herself as an average teenager, despite not being allowed to use technology, until she meets Dean Holder, who changes her view on life and invokes feelings in her that she’s never had before. He uncovers memories that lead to the realisation of her dark past. As she begins a relationship with a mysterious stranger, Holder, her dreams become more vivid and regular. He intrigues her but as they begin to confide in each other, Sky discovers the truth about Holder’s past. She learns about Lesslie’s suicide, while Holder learns of Sky’s adoption when she was 5. Dean conceals information about her biological parents, in an attempt to protect Sky from the truth.
As the story progresses Sky discovers she was next door neighbours with Lesslie and Holder before she was adopted by Karen. He reveals and leads her to uncover many dark secrets of her past, memories that had intentionally been forgotten. When she lived with her widowed father her name was Hope, until she was kidnapped by Karen. Young Holder had watched this whole scenario happen and had blamed himself for letting her get away. Upon confronting Karen, she admits to the crime, but Sky learns it was because her father was molesting both her and Lesslie, and continued to molest Lesslie after Sky was ‘kidnapped’. Since this traumatising series of events, Holder has been searching for Sky, searching for Hope.
These events force Holder and Sky to learn new things about themselves and each other, as they react to life-changing situations. This novella’s thick plot displays self discovery, emotional discovery and the rediscovery of things lost in the past, for both Sky and Holder.
Oscar Nominated actor Will Smith stars in this awe inspiring true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco Salesman who experiences the destitution of poverty. When his girlfriend Linda walks out on him, he is left to raise their 5 year-old son on his own, altering his whole perspective of life. Through Chris’ determination and willpower he stumbles upon an opportunity at a stockbroker-training program. This unpaid internship will prove to be a grinding obstacle for him to overcome, as only one in twenty will make the cut to a paid salary. Gardner must not only thrive the audacity in this line of work, but attend to the needs of his son Christopher.
Chris and his son go from being evicted from their apartment, to homeless shelters, and even taking refuge behind locked doors of a metro station subway. This displays that his journey to uncover happiness will be a harsh battle he faces to overcome adversity. With aspiration, composure and the love and faith of his son, Chris Gardner against all odds rises over his obstacles to become a multi-million wall street legend.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Gardner captures us through his internal battles and struggles he experiences throughout the film to insight his journey about discovering what everyone thinks is the impossible. His dream for ‘happyness’ ripples through his actions. Everything he says and does goes back to his pursuit of ‘happyness'. Chris’ journey of self-discovery to happiness is motivated by the testament of his son to endure the pain and hardship in which they confront.
Gardner soon discovers through the harsh course of his stockbroking firm, his willpower and audacity will carry him further than anyone could ever imagine. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, Will Smith plays the most touching role of his career; compelling about one man reaching for happiness, and discovering the impossible.
John Hughes’, The Breakfast Club is an insightful exploring the inner lives of teenagers. On a Saturday morning, five random school students come together into the school library to serve out a detention. Although each teen is in for a different reason, they will all soon discover that they all have a lot more in common than they originally presumed. Reaching past their social limits to interact with others beyond society’s norm.
The Breakfast Club
The students must learn to put aside their differences to survive a crushing eight hours from their hysterical and rash principal Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason). Mr Vernon will prove to deliver a key part to the lives of the students as he drives the motivating question to them about ‘who they really are’ as something they all have to answer which may prove to be what they truly discover upon this journey. As the movie progresses and they continue to serve their time of detention; the students go from fighting amongst each other, to smoking weed, and even running around the school defying the rules. This enlightens us on their path to self-discovery as it’s through these actions that they contemplate their existential meaning. These events also elucidate the ups and downs the individual faces upon foreshadowing their defining moment.
At the climax of the film Brian writes a group essay for everyone in which he provides each person with their defined nickname, indicating that although they are all independent students, they are able to uncover something together which shapes our understanding upon the millennial attitudes explored. While each student represents a different clique, to the outside world they will be known as the Brain, the Jock, the Princess, the Basket Case, and the Criminal, but together they discovered something that will last forever and formed the Breakfast Club.
The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base is a children's book riddled with mystery. Even adults find it amusing to uncover the secrets it has hidden inside every page. This allegory groups (animal) friends, who meet at their friend’s horace’s house to have a party games and a picnic buffet at the end of all the fun and games. The visual narrative takes a dramatic turn when the buffet that Horace has prepared has been eaten leaving no trace.
The is where the mystery and the detective work by you; the reader must come into play. At this point the book hands you not only the literacy but also the illustrations to figure out and discover to whom of the party guests devoured the buffet, by finding the hiding puzzles, clues and codes on each and every single page to expose the felon behind such an unfortunate travesty.
Part childrens book part detailed mystery Eleventh Hour can and will take hours out of you day just to figure out who really ate the buffet. As the story develops the friends reveal characteristics about one another that can indeed make them the party food thief or quite the opposite an individual who is innocent and would not have been able to eat the food... but it is always not always as it seems, or is it?
As you filter your way through the Eleventh Hour uncovering each and every page the clues and puzzles become more challenging and intricate to where you, the reader (or newly discovered detective) may have to call upon family and friends to unmask the culprit of the Eleventh Hour mystery.
The To This Day Project by Shane Koyczan is a sombre yet beautiful poem describing Shane’s depressing youth and his painful adventure to his current day. Shane’s adventure begins as a young child to who earns his first nickname, “Pork Chop” from his peers, due to the fact that he thought pork chops and karate chops were the same thing, as well as him having obesity. The poem directs the reader/audience to follow Shane’s depressing path through attempted suicides, to his wife to who is still influenced by her past (similar to Shane’s).
As Shane expands on his life experiences the audience discovers what he did to cope with the awe inspiring amounts of harassment he and his wife had to endure throughout their life growing up and their youth. The audience/reader of such a powerful and explicit poem is not left with much to imagine because Shane has experienced everything from being called names and falling in to depression to the rise and conquer of his personal issues. The To This Day Project, was reviewed and commented on by the current CEO of Readers Digest Association Robert Guth, who said it ‘Leaves little to the imagination because such events are imaginable’.
As the reader continues through the poem they realise that there is always hope and in the face of defeat. An individual can fight back and conquer the demons within their mental and social life because an individual with purpose and a drive can and will defeat all obstacles in their path As Shane discovers the saddening truth about society and as he flaunts his painful life stories through written/spoken word, he uncovers the truth and heartbreak of being known as the... “odd one out”.