Character Analysis: Audie Murphy

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Audie Murphy
Audie Murphy is the most decorated war soldier in WW2, he is known for heroic actions on the battlefield. Murphy is what every superior officer was looking for in one of their soldiers. His integrity was unmatched, he cared for the people around him more than himself, he took over pressure situations that would cause some to crumble. Joseph Campbell said that” the hero, setting forth from his common-day hut or castle, is lured, carried away, or else voluntarily proceeds, to the threshold of adventure.” “There he encounters a shadow presence that guards the passage.”(Campbell, 227) Campbell explores this in his novel The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Audie Murphy displays his journey of being a hero through the act of his unselfishness,
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Murphy's father, Emit, fell short on his responsibilities, continuing to father children, 12 in all, despite that fact that he didn't know how to feed them. Picking up the slack, Murphy helped feed his mother and siblings by hunting rabbits and other small animals around their home. In 1940, Murphy's father left the family for good and his mother passed away a year later. Wanting to do something to honor his mother's life, Murphy enlisted in the military 10 days after his 18th birthday after falsifying his birth records. In February 1943, he left for North Africa, where he received extensive training. (“Audie Murphy.” Biography.com)
One of the many thresholds Murphy had to cross during his journey of a hero started on January 26, 1945, Audie Murphy and about 40 U.S. troops sat in
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This is the final Reward earned on the Hero's Journey. Audie Murphy was called a national hero and awarded the Medal of Honor for his crazy display of courage at Holtzwihr. Not wanting to risk the life of its newest celebrity soldier, the Army forced him out of combat.forced him out of combat. By then, the weary G.I. had been wounded three been wounded three times, a case of malaria, gangrene and more dead friends than he cared to remember. (Audie Murphy biography.com) “There is VE-Day without,” he wrote of his mixed feelings at the war’s end, “but no peace within.” (Andrews, Evan 2015) Murphy returned home in June 1945 to parades, swarming reporters and his face on the cover of Life

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