The Hero's Journey: An Analysis

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The second stage of the Hero’s Journey is the initiation in which the hero is initiated into heroic position by going through various trials as the battles help reveal the true character of the hero. Crossing the threshold is another step in the Hero’s Journey in which it becomes significant for the hero to leave the ordinary world and is entering into the special world. Similarly, in the novel when Nurse Ratched in the group meeting announces that Doctor Spivey and her have decided that the men should be punished for breaking the rules and not following the cleaning schedule since the men did not apologize for a week. In addition, they were taking away the second game room which was the only source of freedom for the patients. However, after…show more content…
But, after McMurphy insisted for another vote to watch the World Series many still hesitated to raise their hand because they didn’t want to rebel against Nurse Ratched. As a result, Bromden raises his hand during the vote, which helped them win the vote and watch the TV. However, McMurphy’s enemy steps in and turns the TV off and starts yelling at all the patients who were so delighted to watching the TV. Bromden states that, “If somebody’d of come in and took a look, men watching a blank TV, a fifty-year old woman hollering and squealing at the back of their heads, about discipline and order and recriminations, they’d of thought the whole bunch was crazy as loons” (Kesey, 145). This line exhibits an irony because the patients might seem as crazy loons sitting in front of a blank TV screen, but in reality they are not insane they are sane because they have united into one group of rebellious people against Nurse Ratched as a result from the foil character. McMurphy’s qualities and characteristics are in contrast to the patients on the ward but still end up changing the patient’s characteristics from McMurphy’s hard

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