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Welcome to Hellweek. It’s not an easy week for anyone, so let’s get organized, shall we? Section 1 will have their Midterm exam on Wednesday. Section 2 will take it on Friday. This is the agreement both sections reached with me. Or not. It is what it is. Now for a some words about the exam.

The exam is simple enough. I will project a movie (a different one for each section). Participants will answer the questions posed in the test in real time, as the movie plays. To successfully answer all the questions, you should be familiar with the concepts discussed in class and read in the chapters assigned (see earlier entries). These include:

  1. The Ordinary world
  2. The Special world
  3. The three act structure
  4. Plot points 1 and 2
  5. The hero
  6. The thresholds and threshold guardians
  7. Allies, shapeshifters and shadows.
  8. The Mentor
  9. The Inmost Cave
  10. The hero’s return.

Please review and come prepared.

Wall-E and Eve

Wall-E and Eve change fundamentally as they move through Act II

Having seen Wall-E, we wil do an extensive analysis based on the Hero’s Journey. The movie poses a challenge, though, as it features two heroes, Wall-E and Eve. Both of these characters have a distinct character arc; that is, they change from the beginning of the movie towards the end. They are transformed by their circumstances as they go through Act II.

It could be argued that every featured character in Wall-E is transformed: the two humans, the captain of the Axiom, Mo, the crazy robots… They all change. Can you support that claim? You will do two things tonight:

  1. A complete analysis of the movie based on the Hero’s Journey. Use what you read on The Writer’s Journey. Identify all elements: Ordinary World, special world, plot points 1 and 2, allies, thresholds, threshold guardians, etc…
  2. Describe the character arc of all featured characters.
The Kingdom

The Kingdom, by Peter Berg

Having seen The Kingdom, we are faced with the complexities of multiple heroes. Fleury is obviously the main character, but we also have Leavitt, Mayes, Sykes, Faris and Haytham to deal with. Each of these characters experiences change. How a character changes fundamentally from beginning of the movie to the end is called a character arc.

This is the last opportunity you have for an in-class analysis of the Hero’s Journey. With that in mind, for this assignment you will:

  1. Do a complete analysis of The Kingdom based on the Hero’s Journey. All elements should be present: Ordinary world, special world, plot point 1 and 2, heroes, allies, thresholds, threshold guardians, inmost cave, Shadow (or Nemesis), final confrontation and return of the hero.
  2. Do complete character arcs for each of the heroes, with supporting evidence from the movie.

Write a short-story that follows the elements below:

  1. Something in the hero’s Ordinary World is stolen, and with it the balance of the hero’s comfort zone.
  2. The ordinary world, due to lack of that important piece of a information, is now in disarray.
  3. The hero must go after the thieves and retrieve the item.
  4. Reluctantly, the hero starts off.
  5. He or she must pass one test and go through one threshold guardian.
  6. Final confrontation.
  7. Winning of the item.
  8. Return (he or she will not want to… why?)

This is to be turned in before 10PM… right now… TODAY.