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Hero's Journey Project

Hero's Journey in "The Great Gatsby", "Of Mice and Men", and "Fahrenheit 451" for Phoenix 1, 2013

Kyle Andrle

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Hero's Journey Project

Background photo by t.shigesa The return is the Hero's exit from the world of darkness and adventure, and back into the actual world, in possession of an "elixir" which changes said world. Although, a tragic hero may not experience a return if they die. But while a "resurrection" doesn't occur, there may still be an elixir for the story or audience. This is where the Hero "leaps"
from their known world into
the unknown, and they cross
into the world of adventure. The Return Seperation/
Crossing the threshold Initiation is the set of tests
or trials the Hero must face
while in the world of
darkness and adventure. Initiation The Hero's Journey Of Mice and Men For George and Lennie, Lennie's "separation" occurs when they leave the forests in which they have traveled, and into the world of the ranch. And by deciding to save money for their own land, they crossed the threshold. George can be seen as Lennie's "mentor" or "helper", as "[Lennie's] got [George] to look after [him]." (14) Of Mice and Men A test George and Lennie must face whilst in pursuit of their own land, include working at the ranch long enough to save the money. One task is George keeping Lennie out of trouble, as he tends to "get in trouble ... and [George's] got to get [him] out." (11) A big obstacle they must face is the Murder of Curley's wife. (This is also Lennie's tragic flaw.) The Great Gatsby Gatsby's death prevents a proper "return" phase, as he cannot complete his journey. Myrtle's accident results in the sad end of Gatsby, before he can sieze the ultimate boon, Daisy. (Daisy could also be considered the possible elixir he might've brought back to change his world of seclusion.) The Great Gatsby The threshold for Jay Gatsby in his
journey for Daisy is when he chooses to meet with Daisy at Nick Carraway's house. Though he is reluctant at first (as heroes tend to be) when he complains to Nick that "Nobody's coming to tea" because "It's too late." (90) But when Gatsby re-enters Nick's house, he is finally plunging himself into the adventure he will experience whilst seeking out Daisy. Fahrenheit 451 Montag's separation from his known world happens when he walks with Clarice Mclellan, an odd, unknown person. She opens his eyes to the flaws of his job, and by gaining the ability to begin seeing things like she does, - when he "tilted his head back in the rain ... and opened his mouth." - he crosses the threshold. (24) The Great Gatsby Gatsby must face several challenges, one of which is getting Daisy to fall in love with him once more. Another more difficult obstacle is that of Tom Buchanan, as he is currently married to Daisy. Fahrenheit 451 Montag faces many challenges in his initiation. He must mourn the deaths of Clarice and the old woman in the fire. He must also summon great bravery to take out and read "some twenty books" which "lay hidden behind the grille." (66/10) He must also burn his house, and run after burning Beatty. Of Mice and Men Fahrenheit 451 The End Montag's "return" occurs when he flees from his world after burning his house, and ends up in a strange but familiar world with Granger and his men. His "elixir" is his knowledge and becoming "the book of Ecclesiastes", and the fact that it allows him to become more important than he was, and break free of the unconcerned society to which he no longer belongs. (151) Lennie's ultimate boon of owning land with George and tendin' the rabbits could not be achieved, as he was murdered. His tragic flaw resulted in his death. But through his EXTREMELY tragic death, George may take with him an elixir of sorts, in the form of a better understanding of cruelty and fairness, which will affect his ordinary world instead.
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