The journey narrative that I have decided to read and analyze was the parable of the prodigal son. This story is told in third person by Jesus and it is told to teach the listeners a valuable lesson (hence parable).
In the story, there is a man and his two sons. One of the sons demands that he gets his share of the inheritance so the father divides it among his sons. As soon as the inheritance is divided, the son that demanded his share packs and leaves to a different city to waste all his money. This would be the end of the A part of the narrative and like the protagonist in "My Kinsman; Major Mollineux", the protaganist of this parable leaves in search of a new beginning. In the city, the son wastes all his money on food, drink, and gambling, and soon enough, he loses all his money and ires himself to a citizen of the city. He realizes that he had made a big mistake and decides to go back to his father to ask for forgiveness. This is the end of B and it is different from all the narratives that we've read in class because instead of him going to nature and realizing, he goes to the city and is changed. The son goes back to his fathers place and is thrown a feast for his return. The other son, in jealously, grows angry at his father, but his father replies to his anger by saying that everything he had was his and he s loyal to the father, but the prodigal son was once lost and found.
This narrative, opposed to the ones we have read for class such as "Rip Van Winkle" and "My Kinsman; Major Mollineux", has a nature to civilization to nature setting. Instead of nature changing the character, the urban setting changes the protagonist. But like the other narratives, it is a City vs. Country conflict.