A Hero’s Journey

While reading over other students posts, I realized that many movies are the same.  Granted that they all have different characters, a different setting, and perhaps different lessons; they more or less are very similar.   (I would love to hear who agrees and disagrees with me.)  As I noted on Jacques post about the Lion King, aren’t most movies, granted maybe horror/comedy, about a hero who goes on a journey of some kind to achieve a goal or greater good?  And upon completion is a better person who has learned a valuable lesson?

Many movies already mentioned; the Hunger Games, Eragon, and many Disney movies follow the guidelines of a heroes journey.  A movie that came to mind for me was Captain America.  Captain America started off as a “nobody”, he was too short, too week, too poor, etc.  He wasn’t even allowed to enlist in the Army.  He is then selected for an experiment (which makes him totally huge and powerful) and starts his “Hero’s Journey” to stop the bad guy and attain world peace.  After his departure, he has his initiation.  I would say that most of the movie he is faced with obstacles and trials which are all a part of his initiation.  For Captain America’s return, the first movie was definitely a “Return from Without”.  At the end of the movie, the only way to save everyone is if he crashes into the ocean.  He is frozen for years and brought back by explorers who find him buried in ice.  Unknown

Many movies today seem to be more and more alike.  I would say that many of them touch on the basic characters of a Hero’s Journey but not all go into great detail.  However today’s movies can achieve to meet human needs stated, some of these are  “childhood to adulthood”, “a picture of our society in which each person belongs”, etc.  Movies meet these needs because  these are basic plot lines that we are comfortable with and know.

5 thoughts on “A Hero’s Journey

  1. Jennifer Popa

    Hey Victoria I think this is in the wrong category. I want to make sure you get credit, so go into the post to edit and switch it to the appropriate lesson/ week rather than “introductions.” Thanks!

    1. vradams Post author

      That’s so weird! I closed my laptop to go to a class and came back and it had already posted? Thanks for letting me know, i’ll switch it right away!

  2. swhoke

    I agree with your statement about most movies plot lines having very similar progression if not the same one. I am a film fanatic and spend a lot more time watching videos than I should, thus I have found that for the most part for a film to be complete and at the end I feel as if it were “good” it needs to have touched on all of the functions and followed at least to some standard of the heroes journey, though I never put it together till I was reading in this course. I have watched many movies that felt at the end like something was missing, whether it be background on the characters or world, or just lacked resolution. Overall I loved reading your post, Captain America is a wonderful Marvel film.

  3. Mary Filbin

    I agree with you. After awhile you start seeing the same rehashed story over and over. I do enjoy some tellings better than others though. Good article!

  4. hdbomar92

    I totally agree with you, most movies are somewhat the same, when were talking big picture that is. I mean life it self is all the same when its summarized in broad terms, your born, grow up, find a job you like(hopefully), make a family, get old, die. However, the devil is in the detail, most movies have the same big picture, but what makes them unique to me, is the characters, the setting, the individual struggles/trials the hero takes on, the journeys. Those topics are unique and make the art of the movie. What makes the viewer interested is their personal connections with the setting not so much the plot (but both are necessary). If your more of an emotional person then romantic heroism plots are going to full fill you and so on.

    Good choice on Captain America by the way, great movie and example.

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