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Hero’s Journey

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.
Taken

Taken

Having seen Taken, analyze the movie using the hero’s journey structure. Determine the following:

  1. Hero
  2. Ordinary World
  3. What is the crisis that unbalances his world?
  4. What is the special world?
  5. Who are his allies and antagonists?
  6. Who or what delivers his call to adventure?
  7. Define the three acts according to the two main plot points.
  8. When does the hero know what to do to win?
  9. Does he?
  10. Describe the hero’s transformation (called the character arc).

If you do not belong to the section that saw Taken, you do not have to complete this assignment.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Having seen Groundhog Day, analyze the movie using the hero’s journey structure. Determine the following:

  1. Hero
  2. Ordinary World
  3. What is the crisis that unbalances his world?
  4. What is the special world?
  5. Who are his allies and antagonists?
  6. Who or what delivers his call to adventure?
  7. Define the three acts according to the two main plot points.
  8. When does the hero know what to do to win?
  9. Does he?
  10. Describe the hero’s transformation (called the character arc).

As per our discussion, the ordinary world in the Hero’s Journey is the world of common, day-to-day stuff. It is routine, it is boredom. It’s where your character feels secure, even if not necessarily happy or satisfied. It is his or her comfort zone.

What is your hero’s ordinary world? Start thinking this over. How is he closed in, trapped inside? What forces (personal, external, etc.) keep him there? What kind of a force, motivation, crisis can get him out?

Choose your hero’s ordinary world carefully. They should fit each other like a lego piece. This is important because, remember, you will have to create a strong enough situation to get him to abandon it.

Activity

Publish at least three possible scenarios where your hero lives.