Comparing Camus The Hero's 1989, And Jon Krakauer

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Lyliana Arellano
Mr. Whyte
ERWC, P.6
10 April 2017
Research Paper I am to apply Joseph Campbell’s 17 Stages of the Hero’s Journey to Albert Camus’s The Stranger, George Orwell’s 1989,and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. Albert Camus’s The stranger contains a strong fullness of Camus’s philosophical notion of absurdity. George Orwell’s 1984 is a political novel written with the purpose of warning readers in the West of the dangers of totalitarian government. Into the Wild tells the true story of the journey of 24-year-old Christopher McCandless into Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. American nonfiction writer Jon Krakauer meticulously reconstructs every stage of McCandless’s journey and relates other, shorter trips McCandless made before determining that he would spend the rest of his life in the wild. The first phase of the hero’s journey is “the call to adventure”. The Call to Adventure can be defined as a problem, a challenge. or a request. Which is received by the hero and will require some form of action which takes him off into the unknown. In Into the Wild, Christopher is inspired to travel west and live a self sufficient life
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Refusal of call may be from a sense of duty, fear, insecurity, or any of a range of reasons that work to hold the person in their current circumstances. In Into the Wild Christopher’s refusal of call is when he returns home and returned to his problems. He did not complete his goals which is to not live a life where he has to depend on the government and influenced by other people’s opinions. In The Stranger Meursault refusal of call is when his mother passes away because he feels more lonely and starts to drink more, those are signs of sadness or a type of depression. In 1984 refusal of call is when julia approaches him and he ignores her even though it is enticing to Winston. He knows that if he gives in to the desire openly the thought police will come after
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