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Imaginary Journeys Are Learning Experiences The Tempest, Pan's Labyrinth And Alice In Wonderland

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An imaginative journey is a figurative adventure, which challenges the existing values and attitudes of individuals, resulting in growth intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. The journey can be both positive and negative, can reflect on real life, create a sense of perfection and act as a chance to re-evaluate what cannot be controlled in the reality. This is clearly illustrated in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ (2006, international title ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) directed by Guillermo del Toro, and Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
The Imaginary can be both a positive or negative place, depending on who is controlling it. In ‘The Tempest’ Gonzalo imagines an ...view middle of the document...

An example of this in ‘The Tempest’ is Alonso’s certainty that his children are most important to him in reality and the imaginary. Prospero also has the same relationship with Miranda although she is confused between reality and the imaginary. In ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Captain Vidal transforms both her fantasy and reality into an intertwining nightmare, making it hard for her to differentiate between them. In ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Alice is compelled through reality and the imaginary by her curiosity and need for excitement.
Perfection is possible to find, create and achieve in the imaginary, though unreachable in reality. It influences the positivity of the imaginary place, which impacts on the experiences of the individuals. “The Tempest’ shows perfection in Miranda and Ferdinand’s love for each other. Miranda imagines Ferdinand to be a “spirit” and he views her a “goddess”. Their love is instant and pure, creating the perfection seldom found in reality. In ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Ofelia finds her perfection in the beauty of the underworld as she sits beside her spirit parents upon the golden throne as Princess Moanna. Alice finds a similar perfection in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as she gazes upon the most beautiful garden, her own utopia.
The imaginary can be controlled, allowing a chance to re-evaluate what cannot be changed in reality. Prospero uses his magic to control the imaginary journeys of the other inhabitants of the island, whereas in reality it was Alonso ruling over him. He uses...

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