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Kelley Greenberg's Monomyth Project

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FC: The Time Traveler's Wife and the Monomyth By: Kelley Greenberg

3: The Call: | When Clare was only six years old, Henry time traveled to visit her for the first time. She was in the meadow behind her house when she gets the call. Henry tells her that he had time traveled to see her. She thinks time traveling is impossible and is only in movies and shes curious about it. He says, "I came from the future. I am a time traveler. In the future we are friends"(Niffenegger, 37).

4: Refusal of the Call: | Clare refuses the call when she doesn't believe Henry had time traveled. Even when Henry tells things about her that he shouldn't know she still will not believe him. She says "People only time travel in movies" (Niffenegger, 37). Henry also tells Clare that Santa Claus even time travels to convince her to believe but she doesn't budge. Clare finally changes her mind when she sees Henry disappear right in front of her eyes.

6: Crossing the Threshold: | Crossing the threshold for Clare would be when shes 18 years old. She will not be able to see Henry until two years from then. Henry and Clare are madly in love with each other and get very involved together. Clare doesn't think she has the ability to live without Henry because she is madly in love with him. She says "You're going away. Now i won't see you for years and years" (Niffenegger, 425).

7: Supernatural Aid: | As Clare gets to see Henry more and more she falls madly in love with him. Clare is able to see him every once in awhile when he travels back in time to one of the dates he has given her. He teaches her many new things and helps her get back at a boy who treated her bad on their date. When he helps her get back at Jason he duck tapes him to a tree and writes an account of their date on his chest (Niffenegger, 99). This would make Henry the supernatural aid for Clare.

8: The Road of Trials | The road of trials for Clare would be when she wanted to have a baby with Henry. All Clare wanted was something to show her love with Henry with. Unfortunately they had trouble having a baby, with Henry being able to time travel, Clare had five miscarriages because of Henry's genetics. At one point Henry wants to give up, he says to himself "Nature wants us to give up" (Niffenegger, 351). After trying one more time again, they were able to have a baby girl and they named her Alba.

10: The Goddess: | Clare's goddess would have to be her grandmother. She is the only person to know about Henry time traveling. Clare's grandmother is not very fond of Henry because she thinks hes to old for her and also when he disappears in the garden she say to Clare "he must be a demon" (Niffenegger, 127). Clare tells her grandmother he is not a demon and that he is a good person. Clare's grandmother doesn't think hes the best man for her and makes her think of what her future might be if she marries him.

11: Apotheosis: | After two years of Henry being gone, she decides to go back to making art. "When I woke this morning I had an urge to come here. It was like a flash of lust: an assignation with my old lover, art" (Niffenegger, 532). This is when she realizes she can continue her life without Henry. The past two years Clare was very depressed about his death. She had no one to encourage her on her art and lost interest in it.

12: Refusal of the Return: | Once Henry died Clare was destroyed and lost control over herself. Alba was out skating with Charisse and her kids for the day, when Clare came to pick her up. This would be when Clare loses control and refuses the return. Gomez was home alone and had always been in love with Clare. They were very involved together when Clare snaps out of it. Clare hears her daughter call for herself and thinks to herself "What am I doing? What have I allowed myself to become" (Niffenegger, 525).

13: Master of the Two Worlds: | Clare is the master of two worlds when she finally accepts Henry is gone. She still waits for his appearance one day, but knows he is dead and probably won't show. Sometimes when Henry time travels he sees Clare when shes old. One time he said "the woman turns and sees me and her face is remade into joy; I am suddenly amazed; this is Clare, Clare old! (Niffenegger, 535).

14: Works Cited! | Clock. n.d. Close-Up on Culture: Back to the Future. Tedxamsterdam.com. November 15, 2011. tp://www.tedxamsterdam.com/2011/close-up-on-culture-back-to-the-future. Henry Disappears. n.d. Movie Night: "The Time Traveler's Wife". Samsalek.net. November 15,2011. http://www.samsalek.net/?P=586 Road. Prosperity88. Long Road Ahead. 2009. Abstract. Desktop Nexus. November 13, 2011. Santa. n.d. Santa Claus. Letters From Santa. November 15, 2011. http://www.notesfromsantaclaus.com/ Time Traveler's Wife Book Cover. n.d. 2010 Book Review. Following the Footsteps. November 15,2011. http://shaemata.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-book-review.html

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