Aang And Sam's Journey Analysis

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One of the most important stages in Aang and Sam’s journeys is the belly of the whale stage, where both made their first official transformation that made them unable to turn back. As Aang is analyzing the situation with the Fire Nation, he makes the final decision that causes him to transform and fill his role as a hero. He says to Prince Zuko, “If I go with you, will you promise to leave everyone alone?” which shows that he is willing to risk his own life for the safety of those he was chosen to protect against harm (DiMartino Season 1 Episode 2). It is at this point where Aang makes the final decision to transform into the Avatar, someone who protects and brings peace. Sam’s decision to transform into a hero comes at the cost of his girlfriend, …show more content…
Here, Aang and Sam strengthen their bond through the monomyth and become more similar in their journeys, since they accept their roles and decide to fight for the greater good rather than take the easy way out. Campbell once said, “There is a kind of humanization of the myth material...a very strong accent on the human, and in the Greek myths, especially, on the humanity and glory of the beautiful youth” (Power of Myth 88). Through the stories of Aang and Sam, humanity is shown in its most true form, through the vulnerability of both characters but also through the strength that they summon in order to accept nature and their destinies. The road of trials for Sam Winchester and Aang involve an abundance of violent battles, many of which result in casualties. However, their journeys are worth the losses because they are fighting against evil forces that have taken the lives of their loved ones as well as many other innocent citizens. For both Aang and Sam, their road of trials are mostly consumed by the fight against the Fire Nation and monsters, …show more content…
Their journeys to become heroes are one and the same in the fact that they are forced to hold the weight of the world on their shoulders, but accept the responsibility and fight for the greater good. They may run from their destinies in the beginning, but ultimately decide that they should continue to fight in memory of those that they have lost to evil. Through both of their journeys, they are showing that fighting for what is right, though it may seem easier to run away, is important in a hero’s journey. They undergo multiple transformations, each time becoming stronger in the image of a true hero. In the end, both fulfill their destinies in saving the world from war and making their lost loved ones proud of their journeys. So, the monomyth is truly exhibited through the journeys of Aang and Sam Winchester, who fight for the greater good, receive aid in the form of loved ones they have lost, and save the world from

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