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Hero's Journey- The Catcher in the Rye

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Hunter Smith

on 5 June 2015

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Transcript of Hero's Journey- The Catcher in the Rye

Some change occurs.

Character must face new changes and consequences.
2. The Call to Adventure
Character is afraid of the unknown triggered by the call.

Attempts to turn away from the call.
3. Refusal of the Call
Hero meets with someone wiser about his journey.

Often someone the character is closely attached to.
4. Meeting with the Mentor
Character leaves the ordinary world and travels into a new place or region.

Character introduced to new values and customs.
5. Crossing the Threshold
Character is presented with tests in the special world.

Character sorts out allegiances in the special world.
6. Tests, Allies, and Enemies
1. The Ordinary World
Introduced to character in a way that is relatable.

Something is causing stress and conflicting emotions.

Holden is attending Pencey Prep.

He is stressed over his classes, leaving fencing materials, etc.

"Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game with Saxon Hall. The game with Saxon Hall was supposed to be a very big deal around Pencey."
Ordinary World
Holden is expelled from Pencey.

Must go home and deal with parents' reaction.

"They kicked me out. I wasn't supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all."
Call to Adventure
Holden travels to New York City after leaving Pencey early.

Inquisitive and chatty nature challenged.

"'By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over?' ... He turned around and looked at me like I was a madman."
Crossing the Threshold
Hero's Journey- The Catcher in the Rye- Hunter Smith
Refusal of the Call
Holden acts like a normal student at Pencey.

Goes to football games, fencing matches, movies with friends, etc.

"We always had the same meal on Saturday nights at Pencey. It was supposed to be a big deal, because they gave you steak."
Meeting with the Mentor
Holden talks to Professor Spencer before he leaves Pencey.

Gives advice to Holden about life after Pencey.

"Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules."
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Holden comes into contact with many people in New York, such as Lillian, the girls from Seattle, Maurice, Sunny, and other people who cause him distress or discomfort.

"I couldn't think of anything to talk about, though. I thought of asking her how she got to be a prostitute and all, but I was scared to ask her."
7. Approach
The character and allies prepare for a major challenge in the Special World.
Beat up by Maurice

Sunny in hotel room

Talking to the nuns

Hanging out with Sally

Seeing D.B.'s ex-girlfriend at Ernie's
Holden drops and shatters Phoebe's record, making him realize he must now go home and confront Phoebe.
8. The Ordeal
The hero enters a central space in the Special World to confront death or a great fear.

A "new life" is created coming out of the space or event.
The Ordeal
Holden arrives at his apartment and sneaks in to talk to Phoebe.

She won't talk to him after she finds out he got kicked out of Pencey, other than saying his father will be upset.

"'You did get kicked out!' . . . She gets very emotional, I swear to God."
9. The Reward
The character takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.

There may be a celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.
The Reward
Phoebe gives Holden her Christmas shopping money so he can stay somewhere until Wednesday.

He ends up going to Mr. Antolini's house.

"'You can take it all. You can pay me back. Bring it to the play.'"
10. The Road Back
The character is driven to complete the adventure.

Leaves the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home.
The Road Back
Holden leaves Mr. Antolini's apartment and is going to move out west to work.

He goes to Phoebe's school to see her one last time.

"Finally, what I decided I'd do, I decided I'd go away. I decided I'd never go home again and I'd never go away to another school again."
11. The Resurrection
The hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.

Purified by a last sacrifice (death and rebirth) but on a higher scale.
The Resurrection
Holden tells Phoebe his plan and she gets mad.

Walks on the other side of the street and refuses to talk to him until after she rides the carousel.

"She took the dough off me. 'I'm not mad at you anymore,' she said."
12. Return with the Elixir
The character returns home or continues the journey.

He bears some element of the treasure that can transform the world as the character has been transformed.
Return with the Elixir
Holden returns home instead of going out west with a new mindset, although he is obviously still psychologically troubled.

"I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school I'm supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don't feel like it."
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