The Three Elixirs In Rushdie's Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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The Three Elixirs in Rushdie’s “Haroun and the sea of stories.” Rushdie’s “Haroun and the sea of stories” follows the structure of the hero’s journey. At the end of every hero’s journey, the hero would always come back home (or the ordinary world) with an elixir of some kind. An elixir can be anything that transforms the hero into a different person. In Rushdie’s “Haroun and the sea of stories,” The hero, Haroun, comes back home with a few elixirs. He returns to the ordinary world as a more mature, and independent person, he also returns home with a better understanding of the power of words and stories and of the power of friends and allies. One elixir Haroun comes home with is that he returned as a young adult and becomes more independent. Near the beginning of the story, he was already maturing somewhat, “So it’s up to me to put things right.…show more content…
Near the beginning of the story, he wondered what;s the use of stories that aren’t even true. But throughout his journey in the extraordinary world, he learned that stories are extremely important because the stories that are not true have truth in them. Additionally, he learns and understands that “no story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old-it is the new combination that makes them new.” (86). This quotation meant that new stories are always generated or inspired by old stories. Stories do not come out of thin air. He also understands that stories that aren’t true have truth in it. That means every story has a moral or a human truth that people integrate in their everyday lives. Thirdly, he knew that the power of words are very important because the Chupwalas are not free to speak. If so, Khattam-Shud would punish them by stitching each of their lips together. The power of words and stories are very important since Rushdie’s “Haroun and the sea of stories” revolves around that

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