Transformative Power Of Travel

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The Transformative Power of Travel Travel has the ability to take an individual out of their mundane routine and places them into a whole new world where their brains are free from the repetition that keeps them trapped. This sense of independence allows them to explore and discover their true identity apart from their daily life. Pico Iyer’s short essay, “Why We Travel” discusses the notion that travel is a complex, powerful, and necessary tool for self discovery and knowledge. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950’s film North by Northwest tells the tale of mistaken identity of a two timed divorced advertising executive, Roger Thornhill, who finds himself on the run and in constant imminent danger. One of Iyer’s main topics of travel is the rediscovery…show more content…
He tells the man that his secretary was sick, when she was not. When his secretary points out that the man whom he stole the cab from knew he was lying, Roger justifies his actions by stating that he made the man happy, by making him feel like he did something good. By his demeanor it is clear to see that this was not the first time Roger twisted words in his favor. He was confident and stole the cab in one swift movement, it was a perfected art with no guilt. Thornhill earlier in this scene also tells his secretary to send his current love interest expensive chocolates. He believes that the woman will feel like she’s “eating money”. He tells her to include a note with an particular flirty phrase, however his secretary states that he has already written her a note saying just those words. By these actions, it is clear to see that Roger does not seem to have strong relationships with any particular individual. His relationships seem superficial and materialistic as he feels the need to send a woman expensive chocolates to continue receiving her “love”. A love, that is not true love as he doesn’t even recall sending the woman that particular cheesy, short phrase…show more content…
Then, Roger gives a face to the name George Kaplan by stepping into George Kaplans hotel room, and essentially into his life. Everyone around him slowly fails to recognize Roger as Roger, but as George. His face is even plastered on the newspapers as murder, George Kaplan. Policemen see his face and recognize him as George Kaplan, not Roger. With this absolute new identity, Roger is forced to notice the manipulative behaviors that others impose on him as he loses his status. Roger discovers that the professor did not fully disclose that by putting himself in danger he would not actually save Kendall. These heroic actions actually sent his love off to another country with an evil man. Roger grew furious. While at the beginning of the movie, Roger felt no disregard for giving a man false hope of doing something good. However, now that the professor turned the tables and did the same thing to Roger he begins to fight for Kendall by stating that this is no way to treat a woman. This marks a major character transformation in Roger Thornhill. Not only does Roger discover what manipulation feels like, but he also becomes a man that truly cares for a woman rather than just seeing them as pawns. He essentially sees his reflection in the water and realizes that he doesn’t agree with manipulation and the poor treatment of women as sexual symbols for even the
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