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John Dunbar gazed at his blood soaked foot and wondered if he should put on his boot and finish the fight His attempt to refasten his boot over his foot was overwhelming Deep inside he had a feeling to put his life on the line to fight for his country This feeling described is one of an archetypal hero John Dunbar becomes an archetypal hero in the movie Dances With Wolves In Dances With Wolves John Dunbar a civil war soldier that travels west to find new life land and a person in himself In the beginning of John Dunbars journey he encounters numerous problems in his initiation with the Indians His heroic qualities start to appear when John encounters an Indian tribe for the first time The Indians initially reject him until they realize that he is not on their land to harm them but to learn more about them The first sign of acceptance from the Indians deals with the trade of their beaded vest for the Johns wool army jacket John assists the Indians in their fight against a rival tribe by supplying the Indians with guns from the civil war which makes the battle quicker to win and gain the land or food One of the qualities an archetypal hero requires is a helper on the quest he undertakes and the Indians fulfill this role John Dunbar was on a physical and mental quest At the time John left his war camp his main objection was to discover more land out west Traveling by himself would be difficult and he knew he would be required to find someone to help on his journey in order to survive Living with enabled John to discover that the Indians were better people than most assumed In the start of the movie the Indians shot at John Dunbar and he narrowly escaped death which is another strong point of an archetypal hero John
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