Gopal (Boys Without Names) – Hero’s Journey
The Mundane World
Gopal starts the story living in a village with his family who are Aai, Baba, Naren, and Sita. His friends are Mohan and Shiva. He has love for telling kahanis (or what we would call stories) to his family and friends. He lives a peaceful life.
The Call To Adventure
Gopal’s family heads to Mumbai to avoid paying up to the moneylenders and the meet a friend called the Card Man who gives Gopal cards from the city.
Crossing the Threshold
A man named Jatin from the city takes Gopal to a restaurant to have some tea and says that he could earn money for his family if he works for him. The reason seemed reasonable to Gopal but he never knew the conditions and he agreed to work for him and instead of getting paid he get non tasty and little food. His tea also gets drugged so he gets carried off to the place where he stays for life.
The Path of Trials
Jatin took Gopal to work as a slave – forced to make beaded frames in harsh conditions, for no money and little food. They’re not even allowed to speak or use their real names.
His main allies are the police inspector, Kabir, Barish, Roshan, Sahil, and Amar. His enemies are Scar and Jatin. The mentors are his wisdom to find a way to get back home. The main trial is how to escape the wrath of Scar.
Using his storytelling abilities, he manages to convince the others boys to plan an escape.
The Master of Two Worlds
Gopal sends a note to help get his friends and him rescued from Scar. Gopal becomes braver and wiser because of the obstacles. He makes new friends and lives a happy life.
Submitted by: Jay P. from Baker Middle School