Home And Home And Home


I’m on the first leg of a journey that will involve taking a bus to a train to a car to a plane to a car to home. 
Epic, huh? I’m pretty sure that even Frodo Baggins managed to make it home with fewer changes in transportation but then again that is one of the benefits of having a wizard friend who is buddies with giant eagles.

Why is it that we place so little value on the journey home? In many, many stories the hero makes an elaborate odyssey into the unknown, overcomes some major ordeal, and then is shown back at home sharing the fruits of this adventure with friends and family no matter how many miles away the adventure took them? (Perhaps “Odyssey” is a poor choice of words since it actually IS a journey home but it seems to be one of the few.)

Partly I understand that this is a matter of plot structure; that once the conflict has been resolved the story should wrap up as quickly as possible, but at the same time I think it makes an interesting statement on how we value the familiar vs the novel. Perhaps this is a factor of culture: we believe that adventure lies outside of our homes because we come from adventurous ancestors who themselves ventured into the unknown and found meaning and value there. Or perhaps it is because it is much harder to make an ending satisfactory and happy when the sweetness of the prize is not juxtaposed against the struggle for and achievement of attaining it.

Whatever the reason it is interesting that home seems to be a destination that is more important than the journey.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 9, 2013.

One Response to “Home And Home And Home”

  1. […] March 9th I wrote “Home And Home And Home” while on the bus heading back to Chicago. Quiet but not alone. I really tried to make a […]

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