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"The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck.

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Grapes of Wrath: The Hero's EndingThe Hero's JourneySeparation (from the known)The CallThe Threshold (with guardians, helpers, and mentor)Initiation and TransformationThe ChallengesThe AbyssThe TransformationThe RevelationThe AtonementThe Return (to the known world)The Return (with a Gift)A traditional Hero's Journey story follows the pattern above. The story follows the hero on his journal from point A, through obstacles, to point B, and then, traditionally, back to point A, but forever changed. At first glace, The Grapes of Wrath is a traditional hero's story, following Tom Joad and his family from their farm to California. The story appears to follow the normal path of The Call to action, with Tom's return home and subsequent migration with his Guardians, Helpers and Mentors (his family), and continue along the Hero's Journey story. However, as the novel approaches its end, the traditional Hero story falls apart as the focus switches permanently onto Ma Joad and Rose of Sharon. In order to maintain the original Hero's Journey story pattern, the story must end before the focus-switch, and a perfectly good opportunity presents itself in Tom's famous final monologue."Then it don't matter. I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere, wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready and where people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build. I'll be there, too."~The Grapes of Wrath, pg. 463Ending the story after this quote would leave the readers with a clearer picture of the man Tom has become, as well as complete the Hero's Journey, in a better manner than the original ending is able to create.Since the dawn of time, stories have been told about grand adventures, strange places, magnificent treasures and incredible weapons, all centered around one thing - The Hero. The Grapes of Wrath begins in very much the same fashion as a traditional Hero's Journey story - the reader meets the hero, learns about his past, watches as he receives The Call to Adventure. Along the way, he picks up mentors (Jim Casy, the obvious parallel to Jesus Christ in his role as a savior for the poor and the weak, who takes Tom under his wing like an apostle) and sidekicks (the family, joining the traveling party of Tom and Jim to move to California), and after the trials and tribulations of moving from camp to camp in search of prosperity and strength, he undergoes the Transformation (from man to leader when he kills a policeman), which changes his outlook on the world and on life, and has a revelation about how the world works, until he finally atones to Ma Joad during his famous monologue, and leaves, parting somewhat from the Journey storyline, to use his "gift" of leadership and the idea of human rights to fight for the...

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