Essay 2: To Kill a Mockingbird and the Hero's Journey
Explain the steps (the call, the mentors, the threshold etc) in the hero's journey for Scout (or Jem or Atticus).
Consider: What are Scout's Rites of Passage (Separation, Initiation, Return)?
How does she follow the eight steps of the Hero's Journey?
What does she learn about race, class, gender, laws/rules as she "comes of age"?
The challenges of this essay
This is not a physical journey.
You have to be good a reading between the lines.
It's not neatly formulated for archetypal criticism, but it's close.
Evidence is spread out over 300 pages.
Her voice is "naïve" and therefore sometimes hard to read. There's sarcasm and misunderstanding and irony in her accounts and we have to see them from adult eyes.
3-5 pages, double spaced.
Rough Draft due November 1st
Final Draft due November 5th.