1. In what way does Kim’s boyhood reflect the Hero pattern?

compare to the hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell

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It might loosely follow something like this:

The ordinary/mundane- Living a vagabond existence in India under British rule in the late 19th century, Kim earns his living by begging and running small errands on the streets of Lahore.

Call to adventure- Kim incidentally learns about parts of the Great Game and is recruited by Mahbub Ali to carry a message to the head of British intelligence in Umballa.

Mentor figure- Tibetan Lama

Various challenges and temptations - Kim rejoins the lama and at the behest of Kim's superior, Hurree Chunder Mookherjee, they make a trip to the Himalayas. Here the espionage and spiritual threads of the story collide, with the lama unwittingly falling into conflict with Russian intelligence agents.

DEath and re-birth- Here Kim and the lama are nursed back to health after their arduous journey.

Atonement/return- The lama finds his river and achieves Enlightenment. The reader is left to decide whether Kim will henceforth follow the prideful road of the Great Game, the spiritual way of Tibetan Buddhism, or a combination of the two. Kim himself has this to say: "I am not a Sahib. I am thy chela."