FC: FALLEN ANGELS AND THE MONOMYTH By: Will Lowery
2: The Call to Adventure | The Call to Adventure in Fallen Angels is when Richie Perry, a 17 year old High School Graduate from Harlem, decides that since his single mother can't afford for him to attend College decides to enlist in the military (Myers).
4: The Refusal to the Call | Perry decides that if he joins the army he will not be sent over to Vietnam because of a knee injury, which happens in his first unit (Myers 5). But in the end the unit that was supposed to ship to Vietnam went to Germany and Perry was later assigned to Vietnam (5).
6: Supernatural Aid | Perry meets a friend on the plane on the way to Vietnam, Gates. Perry finally learns that Gates nickname is "Peewee" (Myers 11). Throughout the story Peewee is Perry's partner and they help each other get through rough times. A Vietcong almost kills Perry and Peewee helps comfort Perry when they return to base (185).
8: Crossing the First Threshold | Perry goes out on patrol with his squad, they get their weapons when they go on their first patrol, Perry and Peewee get M16s (Myers 33). At first they say he doesn't have to go on patrol because of his injured knee, but they then let him go which means no matter what he has to stay (28).
9: M16 Assault Rifle
10: The Belly of the Whale | Perry, usually when he goes on patrol or gets on guard duty, at night time feels unprotected and fear. He doesn't know what's lurking in the woods around him (Myers 74). Usually when he gets on these duties he gets comfort when thinking about his mother or his brother, Kenny.
12: The Road of Trials | While in Vietnam Perry goes through many patrols and guard shifts. These jobs help prepare for the physical and psychological demand that being in real action calls for. On one of the patrols Perry is engaged in combat against VC Soldiers outside of a small village (Myers 124). This will help in later combats on a larger scale.
14: Meeting with the Goddess | When Perry is on the plane to Vietnam he meets a nurse, Judy Duncan, he starts to develop feelings for her and she gives him hope that the war will be over and that he'll be alright (Myers 7).
16: Temptation from the True Path | Perry is never really tempted away from his true path. He is mostly pushed forward toward his goal at becoming a war hero.
18: Apotheosis | Perry is sent on a night patrol during the patrol his shot and wounded in the leg and wrist. This wounding helps him realize that he is lucky and he needs to help his men on the battle field (Myers 204). Before he returns he is awarded the Purple Heart award.
20: Refusal of the Return | When Perry is injured he chooses instead of going home to his family, he returns to his squad and serve aside he unit (Myers 217).
22: Master of Two Worlds | Perry's squad is sent on patrol at a river. They heard that enemy soldiers are in the water. Perry and Peewee are sent to the other side to find them. While they are over there they are separated from their unit. They take shelter in a small hole killing a a VC soldier (Myers 292). They decide to return to the landing zone, they find Monaco, a squad member, sitting in fear.
23: He tells them that he missed his excavation time and is now being used as bait by surrounding enemy soldiers. The enemy wants to kill the Americans in the chopper. When the chopper arrives Perry and Peewee fire on the enemy alerting the Chopper who then opens fire as well. Every American made it but Perry and Peewee are injured enough to be sent home (295-296).
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