Hume's Ideas Present In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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Upon analysis of Kurt Vonnegut's, "Harrison Bergeron", evidence suggests that the story imitates the basic structure of the monomyth. However, unlike the sequence and obvious events presented in a monomyth Vonnegut cleverly applies his own unique play on the iconic structure. What is to be noted first is the definition of amonomyth. Joseph Campbell defines the term, "monomyth", as the standard cycle of events that occur to which the hero endures during the progression of the story (kfjakhfakjf). This is a common format for various works of literature (hfakhfke). Important phases of the monomyth are as follows: 1)separation 2)initiation 3)return, all of which have countless endeavors within the main before the hero can venture on to the next facet (kjazkjfkajk). Thought there are multiple stages one can focus on, the one to consider meticulously is the last stage of the monomythic hero's journey: return. In Kathryn Hume's article, "Kurt Vonnegut and the Myths and Symbols of Meaning", Hume suggests that during the hero's return, "[...] a homecoming ultimately celebrates welcome, acceptance, and confirmation of identity" (Hume, 209). Although Hume's article identifies the normal events that occur within the monomyth, she also explores and explains the reasons why she believes Vonnegut defies the standard structure of the monomythic quest. Hume points out that Vonnegut's personal experiences primarily dictates who he is as an author as well as the stories he writes about

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