1. The World of Common Day: Ree’s “common day” is described in detail in the first couple of chapters when Ree is described as the mother figure she plays by nurturing her two younger brothers and her mother who is mentally ill. Ree cooks for the boys, sends them to school, and chops wood.
2. The Call to Adventure: Ree’s call to adventure was the scene when Baskins informs Ree of her father’s trial day and the fact that he placed their home up for bond and the house will be taken from Ree and the rest of the family if he is not present in court on the date of his trial.
3. Refusal of the Call: Ree doesn’t officially refuse to search for her father she is just constantly given the chance to quit or refuse the call. When Ree first meets her uncle in the novel he informs her of how he believes she should handle the situation which is by leaving it alone and Ree decides to look for her father anyways.
4. The Meeting With the Mentor: Ree meets her mentor when she goes to Teardrop. At first Ree’s thoughts give off the feeling that she doesn’t believe he necessarily a mentor, I think it is because she had her father which was her true mentor. Teardrop proves to be more than just her uncle (or less of her uncle according to Mr. B) when he gives Ree money and advice.
5. Crossing the First Threshold: Ree crosses her first threshold when she finally decides to physically search for her Father and goes to Hawkfall which Teardrop advised her not to go to.
6. Tests, Allies and Enemies: Ree faces friends such as Gale after facing the enemies like the Milton’s like Little Arthur, Blond Milton, and Thump Milton. All her enemies try to convince her to stop her search which are in a sense tests of her will and inner strength. Some more obvious examples of tests could be the night she spends in the cave and when she sees her father’s car.
7. Approach to the Inmost Cave: Ree approaches her inmost cave when she decides to defy everyone else’s advice to stop her search. Specifically when she realizes even more that her father could actually be dead but continues her search for closure. The scene that I envision in my head is when Blond Milton takes her to the blown up meth lab.
8. The Supreme Ordeal: The scene when Ree gets jumped basically by all the women of the Milton clan. She begins to doubt herself and fight with the urge to let Blond Milton take care of Sonny and plead uncle Teardrop to care for Harold.
9. Reward- Seizing the Prize: When Ree finally completely realizes that Jessup is dead at the site of his grave and she seeks closure and proof that he is dead so she can fulfill her moral obligation to take care of her family which starts to feel less like an obligation and more like a desire/satisfaction/necessity. Towards the end she is also given money from Satterfield to do what she wishes which can be considered as a reward after she has success in keeping the house.
10. The Road Back: The scene in which the Milton’s take her to the lake that her dad was in to retrieve evidence that he is dead and has to realize that it is all for the betterment of her and her father’s family. Later Baskins passed by to take the severed hands of Jessup to court so that Ree can keep her family stable.
11. Threshold Crossing- “Resurrection”- Ree shows many acts of selflessness throughout the novel which gives of the whole idea/motif of faith. Ree gives up being in the army to fend for her family. I also think she is resurrected when she accepts the mistakes of her father and their situation and decides not to make the same mistakes and get involved with crank and when she realizes that helping her family makes her feel good and she feels less forced to be the maternal figure in order to keep it in tact when she tells the boys that she would get lost without the weight of them on her back of the family .
12. Return with the Elixir- “Freedon to Live”: I think it can be argued that Ree’s father’s hands or the bag of money Satterfield gives Ree can be the actual “elixir” but she doesn’t act on her new freedom to live the way she wants until she receives the money and decides that she will leave the area and live a life without drugs and negative environments while attempting to escape poverty.