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A Hero's Journey

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A Hero's Journey
Fahrenheit 451, Of Mice and Men, and The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men
Fahrenheit 451
By Ayush Agarwal
Departure
The Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call
The Beginning of the Adventrue
Initiation
The Road of Trials
Experiences with Unconditional love
The Ultimate Boon
Return
Refusal of the Return
Rescue from Without
Departure
The Great Gatsby
Initiation
The Road of Trials
The Ultimate Boon
Return
Refusal of the Return
The Magic Flight
Rescue from Without
The Return Threshold
Departure
Initiation
The Road of Trials
Experiences with Unconditional love
The Ultimate Boon
Return
Refusal of the Return
Rescue from Without
The Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call
The Beginning of the Adventure
Guy Montag receives his call to adventure when he first meets Clarisse McClellan while walking
home from the fire station. She shows how there are still people who aren't entirely consumed by the media and their electronic 'walls', and that people cannot distinguish scenery when its still, since they have grown accustomed to speeding past grass and flowers and houses at hundereds of miles an hour.
Montag finds interest in this, and as Clarisse continues to show how ignorant Montag has
become to the natural world, he becomes more irritated "He suddenly couldn't remember if he had known this or not, and it made him quite irritable." (Pg 8).
As his conversation with Clarisse continues, Montag continues to fit into the mold of a common
man, not replying to her with great thought and simply laughing off the question. Clarisse points this out, and Montag takes it personally, showing Clarisse the importance of the fireman's emblem on his sleeve.
Clarisse showing that its still possible to be free thinking and have creativity incites Montag's
wanting to change from his current and unimaginative state.
Montag refuses the call to adventure when he thoughtlessly answers that he is happy after
talking to Clarisse, since that is the answer that he is expected to follow. The refusal is caused by Montag's mandatory adherence to the rules and his sense of duty as a fireman, but may also show an insecurity as he is unsure of his true feelings, after being molded to the "happy" person that Bradbury's dystopian society has created.
When Clarisse asks Montag if he is happy, he is confused and finds the question abrupt, and just
as abruptly, answers that he is.
""Are you happy?" she said.
"Am I what?" he cried.
But she was gone...
"Happy! Of all the nonsense..."
Of course I'm happy. What does she think? I'm not?" (Pg. 7-8)
It can be seen that his tone is very shaky, and he's trying to hide the fact that he isn't really
happy, but rather has to put on a facade as to fit in with the rest of the people in his society.
Montag begins his adventure when him and his fire squad answer the alarm to burn books, and Montag steals a book to read and analyze later, after catching a glimpse of one line of text. "Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest." (Pg. 30). He takes the book home, still thinking about the woman who decided to die with her book instead of have them taken away from her. This is really the first time he dares to be different and leaves his the limits of his surroundings, indulging in books and realizing how much work had gone into each of the literary pieces; "It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I came along in two minutes and boom! it's all over." (Pg. 41)
Montag finds himself on the Road of Trials after stealing the book from the first fire shown in the book. He first has to deal with Beatty, who comes to speak with Montag as he's taking a sick day, feeling guilty for taking that book and leaving that woman to die with the her books. "Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals." (Pg. 46).
Montag also has to deal with Mildred's friends, to whom he reads Dover Beach to, resulting in
an explosive reaction from the ladies, but also showing that Guy had committed to his quest of duplicating books and resurrecting their appeal. Guy insults Mrs. Phelps, and does it to make his point that the world has become so insensitive that a short poem can make a person break down. He has to overcome these trials while trying to stay undercover and protect the books that he has gradually stolen.
Montag receives support from a
mentor while undergoing his trials, who the hero depends on for support and leans on them when the hero doubts himself; in this case Faber supports and leads Montag through his adventure.
When Montag realizes that his books
are in danger, he remembers Faber, the English professor he met at the park a year ago, and goes to visit him to see if he can help to keep historial pieces of text alive.
At first, Faber is hesitant to let
Montag in, in fear of him attempting to arrest him and burn his books. When Faber finds that Montag is now on his side, he gives Montag his full assistance and plans to bring down the book censorship structure from the inside out, beginning at the Firemens' houses.
After Montag is forced to burn his own house down, he kills Beatty, leading him
to run through the city. Montag also completes a goal of planting books in another fireman's house and reporting them, and continues to escape from the mechanical hound and helicopter that are now chasing him. Through the wall-TV's, the entire population of the city was watching the chase, and Montag gets away, with the hound attacking an innocent civilian to make it seem as there is never a forgiven crime.
Montag floats down the river to a group of homeless intellectuals, where he
greeted by book readers who've memorized works from authors to keep the spirit of their stories alive, until they can find others to help rebuild the city from the aftermath of the nuke, and rebuild the pyre of knowledge that books gave.
He takes off through the city on a magical flight while the authorities call an all out
manhunt for him. He is pursued by mechanical hounds, helicopters, and police as he navigates through the streets. He has in his possession that copy of the bible which he has begun to memorize. The television stations broadcast his escape and encourage all citizens to open their doors and watch for his approach.
The Return occurs when Montag starts his new life with the homeless intelects, continuing
on with life as if it was never affected. He now thinks freely about others, making interesting and thoughtful comments without having to try. "And when it came his turn, what could he say, what could he offer on a day like this, to make the trip easier?" (Pg.165)
The Magic Flight
Montag is brought to normal life when he meets Granger and the other homeless intellectuals, who require Montag's knowledge of the bible, and can help him to bring books back and change their society to be more creative and free-thinking.
The Return Threshold
Montag ends his quest with the new wisdom and prespective he has gained, becoming one of the people who endorse book reading and books, but also learning about what people who are thought to be "peculiar" do for entertainment. "And he was surprised to learn how certain he suddenly was of a single fact he could not prove." (Pg. 115).
The Call to Adventure
The Beginning of the Adventure
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(Pg. #'s from ebook)
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In Of Mice and Men, George and
Lenny are laborers whohave always wanted his own farm, and "have a little house and a couple of acres...an' live off the fatta the land" (Pg. 15), but can't buy the land and their house without money.
When they go out to look for
new jobs, Lenny irritates George to the point where George vents at Lenny, and tells about how much better his life would be without Lenny dragging him around. Lenny promises to George that he won't mess up this job oppurtunity, since a few months of pay from this job will accumulate enough money for them to make their little farm "an' live off the fatta the land."
Refusal of the Call
When Lennie is hurt by George's comment, he offers to go away up
into the mountains, taking away George's burden of caring for him. "I could go off in the hills there. Some place I'd find a cave." (Pg. 13) George refuses this adventure of Lennie's and tells how he "...was jus' foolin'..." (Pg. 14)

When George and Lennie take the job at Curly's ranch, George realizes
that he would only have to work for a few months and they would be able to afford their own ranch, fulfilling their dream. They join economic forces with Candy, who can pay for a third of the ranch, and George's dream is beginning to come true. "We'll do her!...We'll fix up that little old place an' we'll go live there" (Pg. 59)
George, Lennie and Candy don't speak of their plan with the other
members of the cabin, since the others have the ability to fire them; "Don't tell nobody about it. Jus' us three an' nobody else. They li'ble to can us so we can't make no stake." (Pg. 60) George is saving as much money as he can, and Lennie and Candy being obedient and helpful, not getting fired until they have enough money to build their ranch.
Lennie's obsession with soft things becomes an issue, since he keeps
killing mice, rabbits, and a puppy from his immense strength.
Candy is a supporter during George and Lennie's trials to success and their ranch, contributing to their idea and ranch as long as he gets to live on it for a while too. "...they give me two hundred an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand. An' I got fifty more saved up right in the back, right now. Tha's three hundred, and I got fifty more comin' the end a the month." (Pg. 58)
Lennie was to be calm and obedient and not cause anything that
might get him fired, but Curly's wife allowed Lennie to touch her hair, and since Lennie has a mental disorder along with his obsession of soft things, he passes the limit of feeling Curly's wife's hair and snaps her neck, killing her. "She jerked her head sideways, and Lennie's fingers closed on her hair and hung on." (Pg. 88)
This kills the possibility of George and Lennie owning a ranch together
(with Candy), since Lennie will be killed and George will have to work for a longer period of time to make up the same amount of money.
George is conflicted after Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife, since he
wants to protect Lennie and prove that he didn't mean to harm her, George knows that he's too dangerous to stay at the ranch and dream of another ranch.
"Lennie never done itn meanness...All the time he done bad things, but he never done one of em mean." (Pg. 92)
Lennie knows how dissapointed George will be when he realizes that Lenny
killed Curley's wife, and went to hide where George had designated to hide should there ever be any mishaps."George'll be mad. An' . . . he said . . . an' hide in the bush till he come." (Pg. 89)
The Magic Flight
Lennie goes through the Magic Flight, fleeing the ranchers to the river clearing
that they had camped at before finding jobs at the ranch. George shows up to Lennie and they have a short conversation about their future, since they can no longer go back to the ranch together.
Unexpectedly, George pulls out a pistol, and shoots Lennie, ending his
adventure. "George raises the fun and steadies it, and bring the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head...and he pulled the trigger" (Pg. 103-104)
The Return Threshold
Afer Geogre kills Lennie, Slim comforts George saying "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda." (Pg. 104) He consoles george by telling him it was the only way out of the problem, and takes him to go drinking as he's still recovering from shock.
George crosses back over the Return Threshold when Slim takes George for a drink, helping to take off his mind from what he just did to best friend. "Me an' you'll go in an' get a drink." (Pg. 104)
- Guy Montag: When he meets Clarisse McClellan and she shows him that there are still people who havent become entirely consumed by mass media and their 'walls'

- George Milton: When they are both offered a job at a ranch and have an oppurtunity to save enough money for a ranch of their own

- Jay Gatsby finds his call to adventure
w
hen Gat
sby is staring out at the green light on Daisy's
dock. "...
and distinguished nothing except a single g
reen ligh
t, minute and far away, that may have been at t
he end o
f a dock." (Pg. 26)
And Connections
- Guy Montag: Montag refuses the call by lying to himself about his happiness when Clarisse asked if he was happy.

- George Milton: George doesn't want Lennie from going up into the mountains since it drops all possibilities of making their dream of owning their own ranch true.

- Nick invites both Gatsby and Daisy over for tea, under the suggestion of Gatsby who wants to showoff his mansion to Daisy, but Gatsby gets scared and says "This is a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake" (Pg. 92)
- Guy Montag: When he steals a book from a fire in which a lady is burnt alive along with her books, he begins to see the importance of books and how much work has been put into them.

- George Milton: When George realizes he only has to work a few months to afford their own ranch, along with the money that Candy has invested.

- Jay Gatsby begins his chase for Daisy again when he begins to naturally talk to Daisy while at Nick's house for tea. He gathered enough courage to talk to Daisy and was able to meet and mingle with Daisy after a very long time.
- Guy Montag has to overcome the lecture from Beatty about books and their uselessness, along with the commotion that Mildred's friends made.

- George Milton and Lennie have to keep quiet about their plan to save up from their salary on the ranch which theyre going to use to buy their own ranch to prevent anyone trying to fire them so they don't get an income.

- Jay Gatsby has Tom Buchanan to overcome, Daisy's current husband, whom she doesn't love "I never loved (Tom)" (Pg. 139) Gatsby left Daisy for the war after meeting her at an army base.
- Montag meets the homeless intellectuals after floating down the river out of the city.

- Lennie kills Curly's wife while playing, and then killing George's dream of having a ranch since Lennie will be killed, and George would have to work alone for longer.

- Gatsby finds out that Daisy never loved Tom (Pg. 139) and also tells Tome that she's "leaving him" (Pg. 140) to be with Gatsby who has always been her true love.
- Guy Montag continues with life as if he was never affected, but now has a more flexible viewpoint on others, always thinking unlike before.

- George is conflicted due to Lennie killing Curly's wife; Although George wants to protect and save Lennie, he knows that he's dangerous and will be killed by one of the other members of the ranch.

- Gatsby is still in his love trance of Daisy, and refuses to return from that state, taking the blame for Myrtle's murder to protect Daisy.
"(Nick) Was Daisy driing?"
"(Gatsby) Yes,...but of courese I'll say I was." (Pg. 114)
- Guy Montag has to escape the mechanical hound and helicopter after killing Beatty

- George has to chase after Lennie who had fleed the ranch to their rendezvous point at the river clearing.

- Jay Gatsby helps Daisy escape the scene of the accident by taking the blame of Myrtle's murder.
- Montag is met by Granger, and other homeless intellectuals who could benefit greatly from Montag's memory of the books he stole from fires.

- George Milton is comforted by Slim, who was saying that it had to be done by one ofthe men, and George was the one whom would bring the least pain to Lennie.

- Gatsby is comforted by Nick when he comes back late in the night after waiting for Daisy to go to sleep, in fear that Tom may cause harm to her. Nick tries telling Gatsby what's best for him and suggests that he "ought to go away" (Pg. 155) to prevent Gatsby from being arrested for Myrtle's murder.
- Guy Montag ends his quest with a new way of thinking, endorsing books and reading and becoming naturally thoughtful.

- George returnes the threshold when Slim consoles him by taking him out for a drink to aid in overcoming the shock of what he did to his best friend.

- Gatsby crosses the return threshold when he finally leaves Daisy with Tom and returns to his own house. He waited through the night "and about four o'clock she came to the window and stood there for a minute and turned out the light" (Pg. 154)
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