Writing an Analytical Essay Utilizing a Mannequin: Forsyth’s Hero Journey, "Whispering Wind"

Writing an essay that analyzes a bit of literature might be difficult for college students in center and highschool except they’ve a strong grip on organizing their concepts first. I’ve discovered that modeling the conduct I need from my college students ends in higher success in shifting them from a clean sheet of paper to a probably attention-grabbing piece of writing. One project that I give them, after learning various hero journey items of literature, is to write down concerning the connection between the picture of the inmost cave, or the stomach of the whale, and the archetypal motif of life/loss of life/rebirth. I then ask them to have a look at a pattern essay I’ve written utilizing a narrative they haven’t learn or won’t be analyzing in writing.

By the point college students arrive in my class, they’ve already had an introduction to the essential five-plus paragraph theme, and so we flip to sharpening expertise with practising the logical fluency of paragraph improvement utilizing point-example-commentary.

Under I’ve divided the essay into its elements the way in which I supply it to college students, explaining and modeling the contents of the introduction, physique, and conclusion.

Earlier than college students put together to write down at school, I ask them to learn the next explanations, paying shut consideration to every a part of the essay that follows.

Title of Essay

Rebirth from the Inmost Cave: Frederick Forsyth’s Whispering Wind

Organizational Define

• Group: The introduction accommodates a number of sentences that construct to the thesis, which explains how one thing concrete can illustrate an summary picture or thought.

• Improvement of physique paragraphs: Every paragraph strikes from level to instance to commentary. Though I’ve labeled the sentences point-example-commentary, you’ll not wish to try this in your remaining draft essay. Maintain sentences collectively in paragraph type. Discover that I typically use multiple sentence to specific the purpose, the instance, and the commentary.

• Conclusion: The conclusion begins with the thesis reworded, a reminder to the reader of the main target of the paper. Greater than a abstract, the ultimate paragraph of this mannequin closes with a generalization, a possibility to see an prolonged reality concerning the historic archetypal image of the cave and its connection to rebirth.

The Essay:


1. The archetypal life/loss of life/rebirth motif, so typically noticed in literature, illustrates and explains the journey of the hero.

2. Because the hero resides his odd life on the earth of frequent day, he’s unexpectedly referred to as to an journey.

3. Having accepted the problem, he crosses the brink right into a world unfamiliar and filled with hazard, utilizing all his assets to outlive the challenges and checks he should bear.

4. One such character, Ben Craig in Frederick Forsyth’s novella Whispering Wind, seeks a treasure, the lady he loves, even when it means sacrificing his life, maybe a fair higher treasure.

5. Lastly, Ben Craig completes the hero journey by way of his personal loss of life and rebirth in a cave excessive within the mountains of Montana.


Level 1: Ben’s name to journey, rescuing the daughter of Cheyenne Chief Tall Elk from Custer’s plundering, marauding troopers, turns into extra sophisticated when he falls in love together with her and so they run away to a cave within the mountains.

Instance: This cave would be the place of his rebirth twice.

Commentary: As Joseph Campbell factors out, within the deepest a part of the inmost cave, the hero symbolically and generally actually dies in order that he might come up from the useless and be reborn.

Level 2: When a shaman, a holy man within the tribe, immediately seems on the cave and tells Ben he should quit Whispering Wind as a result of she is promised to a different, she leaves and Ben goes to sleep for 100 years.

Instance: He should quit the one lady he has ever liked, however earlier than his lengthy death-like sleep, the shaman tells Ben they are going to be collectively once more.

Commentary: This assurance hints of the promise of renewal, the rebirth of the hero.

Level 3: Ben’s waking is the primary incidence of rebirth, and he rides down the mountain to an historic simulation of a fort so genuine he believes it’s nonetheless 1876.

Instance: His life on the fort in what’s now 1976 brings Whispering Wind, a college trainer named Linda Pickett, again to him when she accompanies her class to the fort for a area journey.

Commentary: New troubles emerge. Linda is engaged to be married to the son of the evil Braddock, whose energy can destroy her household and emotionally blackmail Linda into going by way of with a wedding to his son, regardless of her love for Ben.

Level 4: Ben fights these demons, boldly rescues Linda from her dilemma, and takes her again to the cave as his spouse.

Instance: Ben, nevertheless, shouldn’t be lengthy meant for this world. A blizzard and snowy mountain avalanche bury the Braddock search get together, and Linda, freezing and close to loss of life within the cave, is rescued by the sheriff.

Commentary: Having anticipated the reader to droop disbelief, Forsyth makes Ben’s loss of life happen 100 years prior, in 1876, and now the sheriff finds his stays exterior the cave. Braddock and his males don’t survive the storm, and Linda’s household is free from the harmful energy he held over her household. Linda reveals she is carrying Ben’s little one, the ultimate boon of his heroism from the grave.


1. It isn’t by chance or random choice that Forsyth chooses a cave, the symbolic womb, because the setting for the hero Ben Craig’s rebirth.

2. Not as soon as, however twice Ben leaves the cave a modified man, the primary time from a protracted sleep and the second by way of the kid his beloved Whispering Wind-Linda Pickett-will bear. He loses his life every time, solely to be reborn from the cave.

3. The life has been lived and the obstacles and ogres destroyed. The sacrifices have been made, and because the hero earns new life, he brings it to others as properly. Ben’s reward is the elixir, the treasure of renewed life that he bestows on those that stay.

4. As soon as once more, as even the traditional tales of the previous proceed to remind us, Forsyth’s Whispering Wind permits the reader to see the reflection of humanity, the inmost caves of our personal trials of worry and desperation that, when consciously overcome in the long run, can carry victory and a regeneration of the spirit.

Just like the writing of fiction, the craft of essay writing relies on the author making the reader see what she sees in her thoughts’s eye. Earlier than college students spend time on diction or mechanics, I ask them to arrange their ideas, a vital step that won’t solely permit the reader to observe the trail by way of the traces of pondering within the essay, but in addition allow the author to speak with higher ease and fewer anxiousness.

by Susan O’Connor