FC: Fallen Angels Monomyth by Tyler Norwood
1: The Call The Call in Fallen Angels is when Richie Perry, a seventeen year old high school graduate from Harlem, doesn't know what to do with his life so he enlists in the army. He figures his knee injury will keep him out of combat. He also believes the rumors going around about the peace in Vietnam. Later, Richie said he is “only going because of a paperwork mess up” (Myers 5). The captain said, “'They'll put you behind a desk in some headquarters company'” (5).
4: The Refusal of the Call The Refusal of the Call happens when Richie is scared and he tells himself that “the war is almost over anyway” (Myers 5). He keeps telling himself this because he hopes the rumor about it is true. Richie doesn't want to fight in the war because he is afraid of what might happen if the rumor isn't real. If the rumor is true, then he will go home sooner. He feels comforted by this thought and he refuses to believe that the war is proceeding.
5: Supernatural Aid Richie's supernatural aid was his friend Pewee. Even though Peewee seemed like a normal guy, he motivated Richie to carry on. He made Richie feel like he can accomplish something and that he can get through the war. Richie also felt that Perry had his back and he felt safe around him. One example of this is when Richie and Peewee spit on their hands and “exchanged fives” (Myers 24)
6: Crossing the Threshold Richie crossed the threshold when Peewee, Jenkins, and he are on patrol duty for the first time. On the patrol, Richie was nervous because he “had to wipe his hand on his fatigues a dozen times” (Myers 39) from sweat. On the way back, Jenkins was killed by a land mine. This made Richie not want to go into battle and he thought if there is any morality in war. Richie said, “Seeing him lay there like that had grabbed something inside my chest and twisted it hard” (43) but he carried on.
7: The Road of Trials Richie went on the road of trials when he and his squad killed there first Viet Cong member. Even though he didn't kill the Viet Cong member, he felt like he wanted to redeem himself. Richie said, “I looked at the rifle after he had left...I had forgotten to load the damn thing” (Myers 80). This was part of his road of trials because this made him feel like he can go out and kill more Viet Cong. Without him doing this, he wouldn't have learned the skills he needed to carry on with his quest. Also, all the other pacification missions that he went on would be part of the road of trials (121-128). This is because those missions made him a more experienced soldier. One of these missions is remarkably similar to the movie Hamburger Hill.
8: The Goddess Richie's goddess in the story is his mother. Throughout the story, he and his mom send letters to each other and this motivates Richie to keep going with the war so he can go home (Myers 143). Another possible goddess could be the nurse, Judy Duncan. On the plane over to Vietnam, Richie met Judy and she told him that “the war is almost over anyway” (5). Also, the American Red Cross women had asked Richie what we wanted to do when got home and it made him think about his future. This could have motivated Richie to get home safely and finish his service in the army.
9: Apotheosis The apotheosis for Richie is when he and Peewee are separated from their squad. Richie and Peewee are on their own and have to reach the extraction point. Since Richie, nor Peewee, has done anything like this, this is Richie's apotheosis. Richie has to use all he has learned from previous patrols and pacification missions to get out alive. It almost seems like he becomes “god-like.” He also gets wounded and keeps going and he doesn't leave Peewee behind: “’Go on, man, I can't make it,’ he said. ‘Never happen, man. I'm not leaving you, Peewee’” (Myers 294).
10: The Master of Two Worlds Richie becomes the master of two worlds when he comes home from the war. The doctor said “You're going to be sent home” (Myers 305). Being in the war has made an impact on Richie's life because he has experienced the hardships of the war and he has experienced the hardships of everyday life. He comes home from the war as a veteran and a role model. He has had the experience of being in the war along with living a life outside of the army. Earlier in the story, Richie earned a purple heart for his heroic acts in the army and he received another one when the doctor asked, “This is your second Purple Heart, isn't it?” (305). Also, he receives letters from his mother saying that she loved him. This shows that he is renowned as a soldier and loved as a person.
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