The hero's journey in GB Sinxo's UNomsa

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 38, issue 1, 2018 , pages: 99–108
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.2018.1429869
Author(s): Zilibele MtumaneDepartment of African Languages, Faculty of Humanities, South Africa


This article examines the hero's journey in GB Sinxo's novel UNomsa. It considers the twelve stages: the ordinary world; the call to adventure; refusal of the call; meeting the mentor; crossing the first threshold; tests, allies and enemies; approach to the inmost cave; the ordeal; reward; the road back; resurrection; and return with the elixir. While not all stages will occur in all narratives nor be in any specific order, this discourse reveals which ones apply to UNomsa and in which order. Various scholars have different approaches to this topic, but for the purpose of this article, Vogler's approach is the most appropriate. The hero's journey is considered with regard to Nomsa, the main character and heroine in the narrative.

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