Eli Papadopoulos – Hero’s Journey
The Mundane World
In “A Crack in the Sky”, Eli Papadopoulos is a kid who lives in the domes of America. The domes hold what are left of the human race. Eli’s grandfather built these domes. So now Eli is learning how to help his family business to keep the domes safe and strong. He lives with his mom, dad, and his older brother Sebastian. He has a pet mongoose which is called Marilyn.
The Call To Adventure
The call for adventure in this story is when Eli sees an outsider in the dome. Outsiders are people who live outside of the dome in the hot and dry land, who aren’t allowed inside the domes. Eli follows the Outsider unnoticed into a hole. The hole leads to the sewer system. When the outsider sees him, he chases Eli. Eli runs home and never goes there again.
Crossing the Threshold
To cross the threshold in this story is when Eli sees a little hole in the sky. He then follows a fun-bot to the edge of the dome. He and Marilyn touch an invisible ladder and start to climb it. He then meets the same outsider from before on the other side of the dome – his name is Gustavo. Gustavo helped Eli’s grandfather design the domes. Eli was scared and went back down quickly.
The Path of Trials
Eli gets caught climbing and gets put in a reformatory building near the Gulf of Mexico. There he has to find a way to get out. He meets a friend called Tabitha who also has an intention to get out. They work together, but there are the guards who get in their way. Eli and Tabitha find out a way to get to the brain of the building. On the way, the guards chase them. While Eli tries to shut it off, Tabitha distracts them. Eli shuts it off by reciting a riddle in the book “Alice in Wonderland”. After the brain is off, the building starts shaking and everyone gets out and into pods that will take them somewhere else. While Tabitha escapes, Eli learns that his mom and dad were traitors and he was almost one too
The Master of Two Worlds
After Tabitha escapes, his brother picks him up only to drop him off in the wasteland and tell him to never come back. He and Marilyn walk for days and then they both pass out. They only lived because a group called the friends of Gustavo helped them. That’s how Eli lived the rest of his life.
Submitted by: M. Reddy from Baker Middle School