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The Night Face Up/Go Back To Where You Came From


            ´╗┐Question: "The process of discovery can challenge our values and our view of the world.
             Discovery can be defined as the act of discovering or uncovering something new, that can stimulate new ideas and offer new understandings of ourselves and the world around us. The Night Face Up by Julio Cortazar is a short story written back in 1967, and "Go Back to Where You Came From" director by Ivan O'Mahoney are both very similar as they explore different worlds of various perspectives. The night face up is embedded with complexities that challenge the protagonist to make self-discoveries which change his values and his perception of the world. Go Back explores the journey of six participants through the experiences and lives of asylum seekers and the process of discovery that is initiated as a result of their experiences and the challenges they face. These physical and emotional discoveries are new and meaningful, and as a result, stimulate new ideas that challenge and shape their values and individual perceptions of those and the world around them. .
             Discoveries can lead us to new worlds and values, stimulate new ideas, and enable us to speculate about future possibilities. This idea is explored "The Night Face Up" through the experiences of the protagonist who has been hospitalized after a motorcycle accident. After surgery he dreams that he is in flight from the Aztecs in a ritual war and ends up victim to a religious sacrifice. The structure of the text allows the audience to discover contradictions between what he perceives as reality and what he perceives as a dream. Juxtaposition of reality and dream sequences enables the protagonist to experience an alternate reality. This is further enhanced by the repetition of smells and other senses throughout his dreams, in which he notes, "It was unusual as a dream because it was full of smells, and he never dreamt smells.


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