Hero's Journey and Traitor SimilaritiesEdit
I don't know if this is at all relevant, but the Hero's Journey can be pretty accurately applied to the events of Traitor:
- Refusal of the Call - Jacen refuses to trust Vergere.
- Supernatural Aid/The Meeting With the Mentor - Vergere gives Jacen the robeskin and heals him with her tears; she serves as his mentor.
- The Crossing of the First Threshold - Jacen enters the Nursery
- The Belly of the Whale - Jacen is within the seedship; later, on Yuuzhan'tar, he is literally swallowed.
- The Road of Trials - the Embrace of Pain; Jacen's tasks in the Nursery and his painful bonding with the World Brain.
- The Meeting With the Goddess: Jacen takes Vergere's advice and tutelage.
- Woman as Temptress, or Temptation from the True Path - Vergere plants doubts in Jacen's mind about the Yuuzhan Vong and the Force; he later meets the girl who begs him to help her, but she is revealed to be part of a trap set by the denizens of the worm.
- Atonement With the Father - Jacen reconciles with the World Brain, forming a bond and destroying its siblings.
- Apotheosis - Jacen is confronted with the Vongformed Coruscant and with his inner darkness. He begins to take onboard the notion that there is no dark side.
- The Ultimate Boon - Jacen becomes balanced enough to dupe the Yuuzhan Vong into believing he has converted; this duplicity will allow him access to the World Brain.
- Refusal of the Return - Jacen believes he will die in the Well of the World Brain along with Ganner. His only concern is communicating with the World Brain.
- The Magic Flight - Jacen travels from the camp ship to Yuuzhan'tar with Ganner, in preperation for the sacrifice. In the meantime, he attempts to explain himself to Ganner.
- Rescue from Without - Ganner buys Jacen time in the Well with his Last Stand.
- The Crossing of the Return Threshold - Jacen enters the Well of the World Brain, and confronts the World Brain. He then completes his mission and flees with Vergere in the coralcraft.
- Master of Two Worlds - Jacen's influence on the World Brain has a massive effect on the Vongforming of Yuuzhan'tar, continuing for years after Jacen leaves the planet. He also attempts to balance the Force within himself as a single energy.
- Freedom to Live - Jacen and Vergere escape back to the former New Republic, ready to aid their allies.
That's an interesting set of parallels you've drawn there, Kwenn. However, I think we can be a bit more specific: When compared to Dante's Inferno, a number of similarities show up.
Before I expand I want to say this: You're absolutely right about the hero archetypes- Dante's Inferno follows them to a certain extent. I'm just saying that we can apply it more specifically to another work.
Now, as I've already taken the initiative to write up the parallels in the actual article (Without permision- I'm that special) you can just click over there to check it out. Does anyone else feel that the parallels are strong for Dante's Inferno specifically?
- Personally, I saw the encounter with the half-mad denizens of the Nursery as a parallel to Odysseus and the Lotus-Eaters. Inferno played a big role in shaping the narrative, no doubt, but for the most part, the novel follows the generic Epic Formula. Stover's just another guy who paid attention in college. It ain't rocket science. Enochf 08:36, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
This article is in need of expansion. Liberi Fatali37 02:03, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Japenese Cover #2 Edit
Okay, I'm guessing that the guy with the purple lightsaber is Jacen, although he looks more like Han. Exactly like Han! Am I the only one who notices this? I thought that Jacen looked like Han a little bit, but with softer features. Not to mention, his hair isn't long enough! Can't Japan get it right??? LeiaOrganicSolo 01:51, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
- That would be Ganner Rhysode, with Anakin Solo's lightsaber (in case anyone was wondering why it is purple and not yellow as mentioned in Ganner's article). --Tinwe 13:27, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Contraversy with fans Edit
I am making no assumptions by saying that this novel is perhaps the single most contraversial entry into Star Wars contunity with fans, particularly with how Vergere was seen by later authors. I think that something should be said about this. Katana Geldar 22:57, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
Good Article Edit
What would need to be done to this article to nominate it as a good article? User:Rayn3000
"Matthew Stover has not confirmed that parallels exist between Traitor and Dante's Inferno."
Yes, he did: http://www.eucantina.net/interview-with-matthew-stover Xammer 17:44, 19 August 2009 (UTC)