Summary of a small boy named Luffy

Summary

 

In the time known as
“The Great Pirate Era,” one man traveled the world and obtained everything it
had to offer. This man became known as the King of the Pirates. He left all of
his treasure in a hidden location, and told the world of its existence before he
was executed by the government. This sparked a movement in the world where many
set out to sea to find this legendary treasure. One Piece takes place 20 years later, and is the story of a small
boy named Luffy who accidentally gains the power to stretch his body after
eating a piece of cursed fruit (Known as a Devil fruit). He becomes infatuated
with the idea of becoming the next King of the Pirates and sets out to sea at
the age of 17. Throughout his travels he gathers a crew of pirates, who all
have different goals but share the same fundamental spirit.

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Luffy traverses
dangerous waters, doing battle with incredibly strong people (some with Devil
powers of their own), and making friends everywhere he goes. To him, being a
pirate is not about plunder, rape, and murder, but about journeying the world
to take in all its glory and being as free as you possibly can. He still
crosses the Navy, who see all pirates as a threat to their power, and ends up
joining many other pirate crews in a war against the government.

The story of One Piece is still being written, but I
believe it has progressed far enough to be certain that it is a true example of
a modern myth.

 

Analysis

 

One Piece is very similar to The Odyssey in more ways than just a
story of a sea voyage. According to the hero archetypes coined by Carl Jung,
both Odysseus and Luffy are both “heroes as warriors.” Luffy and Odysseus
encounter many enemies who are seemingly impossible to defeat. However, they
both have the power of the Gods at their side. Through the “Law of Double
Determination,” both characters defeat enemies much stronger than them and beat
impossible odds. Odysseus has the help of actual Gods, whereas Luffy has one of
the powers of the Devil (who is still considered a deity of sorts). They both
also rely on the help of friends they make along their journey, whether it is
to set them on the right path or to aide them in battle.

 

Luffy also embodies the
“andra” trope. He was abandoned as a child and grew up in foster care. He
started as nothing more than a normal kid, but after he obtained the power of
the Devil and his life was saved by a pirate, he vowed to be just like that
man. Along the way, he defeated enemies more than twice his size and strength,
while continuously growing his own strength to colossal levels. He does all of
this to protect his friends and fight for what he believes is right, which
directly opposes the world government. This is the definition of “andra;” an
ordinary person who people can relate to who ends up as the hero by doing
extraordinary things.

 

The definition of a myth
in this class as defined by Classical
Mythology is a cultural truth value told through a narrative. One of the
most iconic truth values in our society is the American Dream: the idea that
anyone can accomplish anything if they work hard for it. Both Odysseus and
Luffy become heroes as a result of this dream; they use their strength and
willpower to overcome all obstacles in their way.

 

In this world, the
American Dream is alive and well. The government would prefer it if “The Rudy
Thing” that all citizens put faith in was achieving success through raising a
family and keeping society functioning and improving. They would also have you
believe that the government is the only force of good in the world. However,
the Era of the Pirates caused a split in what people believe is the right way
to achieve success. Most people chose to believe in the classic Rudy Thing,
while those who became pirates sought their success by challenging the current
world views.

 

Luffy embraces the new
“American Dream” and sets sail to find his own way. He finds that the worldview
held by the common man is laughable. The government does just as many, if not
more, unspeakable things than the pirates do. However, they do it in the name
of justice, which makes it okay.

 

“Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always
changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and
kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top
determine what’s wrong and what’s right! … Justice will prevail, you say? But
of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!”
            – Donquixote Doflamingo, One
Piece Chapter 556

 

This is the reason Luffy and the other
pirates fight; they believe that the current government is corrupt (which the
reader is also meant to believe). They aim to protect themselves and the people
they care about from the evils of the world. Between the American Dream and
“The Rudy Thing,” one of the fundamental truths is that good will always
triumph over evil. However, it is never quite obvious which groups of people
belong on which side of the line. Luffy is the hero because we are meant to see
him that way. If we were told the story of Polyphemus through his
eye, it might seem that Odysseus and his crew broke into his home and ate his
food, so he ate them as justification. It’s all in how you frame your
perspective.

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