Cold Mountain: Frasiers Archetypal Journey Essay

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The archetype of the journey is seen in Charles Frazier’s novel Cold Mountain, most clearly through experience Inman has wandering back to Cold Mountain. The journey archetype sends the hero in search of some truth to restore order and harmony to the land. The journey often includes the series of trials and tribulations the hero faces along the way. Usually the hero descends into a real or psychological hell and is forced to discover the blackest truths. Once the hero is at his lowest level, he must accept personal responsibility to return to the world of the living. Inman’s trip fits this description very well in some ways and not in others. It could be said that Inman’s search for truth is his desire to be back home. He has been …show more content…
Inman says that theirs is a time and place without law. In such times secular anarchy, a sense of personal responsibility must come into play. In such lawless times, when there is no one to administer justice, morality and ethical responsibility take center stage. In Cold Mountain the Ten Commandments and the seven deadly sins play a great role in identifying the moral boundaries. When the book begins and we first are introduced to Ruby, we have a picture painted of a filthy immoral man Stobrod, her father. What particularly classifies Stobrod as immoral is the lack of interest that he has for raising Ruby. He is the embodiment of sloth. Ruby says that he wouold sleep in a hollow tree and that such would suit him fine. He would lie around all day and be drunk, never working but once, during which his sloth almost cost a man his life. Even when he returns to Ruby with a focused life, he is slothful in the conventional sense. He asks for room at the plantation, never once offering to pull his weight, oblivious to the fact that these girls have worked unceasingly to scratch out a living. His band of outliers sits in a cave and lives idly, leading them to a life of theft and other sinful behavior. Greed plays a major role in Inman’s journey. Junior is a man characterized by his immorality. He sits in a den of lusty sluts, drinks all day, and gambles on his fighting cocks. To solidify his crookedness into something tangible, his house is on a slant. But perhaps his worst

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