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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that illustrates the social limitations which American Civilization imposes on individual freedom Smith1985 p47-49 Huck is on a heros quest of self-identification and in the process resisting the beliefs of his society A mythic quest is what a hero is embarked upon in order to be humbled In being so the hero understands have sympathy and empathy toward his fellow man The mythic quest is divided into three main categories the departure initiation and the return of the hero Within each of these stages there are steps which the hero undergoes in order to change the hero from the person he is to the person he needs to be To understand any particular part of the heros quest the entire quest must be discussed Usually the hero is afraid to take part of the journey refusing the call A supernatural aid or sign is then necessary to be given to the hero in order to make him realize that he has to embark on the journey The crossing of the first threshold is when the hero metaphorically dies and is reborn as a new person or individual The hero is then transported to his her destination the belly of the whale The hero takes parts in tests that are designed to test the heros strengths and abilities the road of trials The hero also receives help the meeting of the goddess receiving encouragement to continue the quest The hero is tempted by the temptress who tries to take the hero off course As the hero successfully proceeds through the journey he becomes Christ like the Apotheosis As the objective of the journey is achieved the ultimate boon is obtained The hero then becomes the master of two worlds the one he has left and the one he has conquered The hero must return to his community to help those in need of his help If the hero refuses
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