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Grapes of Wrath The Heros Ending The Heros Journey Separation from the known The Call The Threshold with guardians helpers and mentor Initiation and Transformation The Challenges The Abyss The Transformation The Revelation The Atonement The Return to the known world The Return with a Gift A traditional Heros 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 heros 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 Toms return home and subsequent migration with his Guardians Helpers and Mentors his family and continue along the Heros 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 Heros Journey story pattern the story must end before the focus-switch and a perfectly good opportunity presents itself in Toms famous final monologue Then it dont matter Ill be all around in the dark Ill be everywhere wherever you can look Wherever theres a fight so hungry people can eat Ill be there Wherever theres a cop beatin up a guy Ill be there Ill be in the way guys yell when theyre mad Ill be in the way kids laugh when theyre hungry and they know suppers ready and where people are eatin the stuff they raise and livin in the houses they build Ill be there too The Grapes of Wrath pg 463 Ending the story after this quote would leave the readers with a clearer picture of the man Tom has become as well as complete the Heros Journey in a better manner than the original ending is able to
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