Samuel (Woods Runner) – Hero’s Journey
The Mundane World
Samuel is a boy who loves to be in the woods because it’s his routine and it is fun in his opinion. Samuel lives in the edge of the wilderness in the British colony of Pennsylvania, it is a long way from all civilization for any town. Samuel’s valley is huge bowl shaped in some hills in the part of far western Pennsylvania. He has parents that are educated. That is rare to have in his time period. Samuel is to protective of his parents that is why he is held from his adventure. Samuel became a courier du bois (woods runner) because he was good at hunting and that is why he became special to everyone.
The Call To Adventure
The hero comes into the story because he is in the woods one day and he sees smoke rising from the tree tops and starts to worry. He then decides to run home and see what happened, and to his surprise finds his entire village destroyed by a fire that the British started. Then he runs looking for his house and sees that it burnt down with no remains, along with all the other houses. He then yelled for his parents but no response, and then he sees all the people that were killed. But he could not find his parents bodies anywhere, and he starts to think that they were captured by the British and that they are in New York.
Crossing the Threshold
Samuel looked around the cabin for footprints of his parents and he found his parents footprints in the soft dirt. His mother’s footprint were easy to identify because he made moccasins for his mother which made tiny footprints. His dad’s footprints were right foot toed in slightly because he broke his ankle from jumping off a shed roof because he was showing off as a small boy.
The Path of Trials
Samuel’s biggest trial is going on British Territory, getting shot in the cheek, and hitting a guard in the head with a brick. Samuel takes huge risks, using his forest skills, trying to save his parents and keep himself alive. One of his struggles was running out of food. The friends he met were Annie and Abner. The foes were the British and the Iroquios. His mentor was John Cooper.
The Master of Both Worlds
Samuel has matured after all of the war is over. The war has evolved him into a man. It has let him see and feel what it is to be a man and he finally is one.
Submitted by: Jay P., Hailey W., Nick R., and Kaitlin B. from Baker Middle School