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The Ordinary World in Goodfellas (1990) is the young Henry Hill's home,
where his father beats him for working at the cab stand.
The Call To Adventure in Goodfellas (1990) is the young Henry Hill's
natural desire to enter the New World of the wiseguys. "As far back as I
can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."
The Refusal of the Call in Goodfellas (1990) is the young Henry Hill's
father's resistance to Henry working at the cab stand and therefore entering the
New World / exiting the Ordinary World. This is the interdictor function, which
is overcome by Henry's friend's putting the postman's head in the oven and
warning him not to deliver any more letters from the school to the house.
The Supernatural Aids / Meeting The Mentor in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry
meeting Jimmy Conway (and the young Tommy DeVito).
Crossing The First Threshold in Goodfellas (1990) is the moment we meet
the grown up Henry Hill and Tommy DeVito waiting at Idlewild Airport. They're
both grown up gangsters now, stealing the airport truck.
Remembering that the Belly of the Whale is a very general term, in
Goodfellas (1990) it is:
Henry meeting and dating Karen, with whom he'll embark on the deeper
It's Henry going on a cruise with the stolen money, against Paul Cicero's
wishes, which will lead to the eventual detachment.
The Road of Trials in Goodfellas (1990) is the deeper change and loss of
the older self.
Following the marriage, Karen turns from a nice girl to a mob wife. She
moves from her parents house to her own home. She learns about Henry's
criminality and accepts it to the point where she's absolutely comfortable with
the FBI coming into her home.
The Meeting with the Goddess is a metaphor for a number of things. One of
those is the Return of Hope.
In Goodfellas (1990), it's Spider telling Tommy to go fuck himself. This
is the Superego regaining the capacity to suppress the Id.
Woman as the Temptress is a metaphor for a number of things, including
encouragement onto the Night Sea Journey and Near Death Experience, which in
themselves are metaphors for further detachment.
In Goodfellas (1990), Karen attempts to shoot Henry, which causes him to
move in with Janice. Which leads to Paul asking Jimmy and Henry to go to
Florida, where they'll inadvertently get the FBI involved and get sent to jail.
Atonement with the Father in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry's confrontation
with Paul Cicero when they get out of prison - Paul doesn't want Henry to deal
drugs. To Cicero, that's a hanging offence and will indeed lead to the
separation from supernatural aids.
Psychological apotheosis in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry Hill's continued
revenue from drug dealing after prison, which leads to his gradual letting go of
his dependence on Paul Cicero. He's breaking away from, graduating past, the
father figure. He's breaking the rules set by the father.
The Ultimate Boon in Goodfellas (1990) is illustrated through Karen's new
home after he's become a successful drug dealer. The money he's making from the drug business. The Lufthansa
heist - the biggest in history. The Christmas tree.
One manifestation of the Refusal of the Return is the loss of
transcendental aids - those supernatural aids which assisted within the New
World. In Goodfellas (1990) Jimmy kills all the crew and Tommy is murdered as
revenge for Billy Batts.
The Magic Flight stage in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry Hill's drive through
town, where he's convinced he's being followed by helicopters.
Rescue from Without in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry Hill's arrest for drug
dealing. For the hero archetype, usually the Id comes calling. For the antihero
archetype, the Superego comes calling. This is the beginning of the return of
the Id to suppression. Eventually, Henry will be out of the business and
The Crossing of the Return Threshold in Goodfellas (1990) is Paul
Cicero's refusal to take Henry back. He lets him go. This is the loss of the
father figure, the loss of the most potent of supernatural aids.
The Master of the Two Worlds in Goodfellas (1990) is Henry Hill's deal
with the FBI, which he's provoked into entering into after the attempt on
Karen's life and after he realises that Jimmy wants to send him to Florida to
get killed. "That's when I knew I would never have come back from Florida
Freedom to Live in Goodfellas (1990) is the freedom from the innermost fears and limitations. With all the wiseguys arrested, Henry Hill lives relatively peacefully in the witness protection program.
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