Campbell’s Hero’s Journey


Question One: Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

The ordinary life of the Hero is unspectacular and frigid. He moves to a new location and subsequently becomes frightened by the new surroundings. His unspectacular start represents a mythological perspective in which the would-be heroes usually experience a slow start to their live, before rising to prominence. The hero’s call to adventure occurs in the form of a fairy, which in turns transitions into a bug. As the fairy changes from its hideous form to an absolute beauty, the Hero becomes mesmerized and follows the creature into the night. This is indicative of the fact that humans are prone to follow others blindly without due consideration of their safety.

Evidently, he does not refuse the call, but seeks to follow the fairy into an uncertain world. He never changes his resolve to escape from the harsh world. Presently, he meets a mentor, who does a good job of guiding him back to reality. Just like in the ordinary world, the mentor is crucial in reinstating orderliness in the Hero’s troubled life. He then encounters tests, allies and enemies, who try to derail his journey back to the ordinary world. The trial of the Pale Man represents the Hero’s approach to the inmost cave (Campbell). The mentor turns against him and eventually expels him for misconduct when he discovered that she had touched his food.

Thereafter, the Hero experiences the ordeal when he suffers a tragedy of death of a loved one. This ordeal is similar to his disenchantment after his fairy world failure. His rewards materializes in his deep trust of a new mentor, who turns out to be his true savior as the two escape the estate to live with the rebels. He must resist all temptation and stand his ground in one last chance. This represents a route back to redemption. The hero must face one last attempt at redefining himself. The resolve for self-defense turns tragic as his nemesis finally kills him. Finally, the Hero returns with the elixir and his spirit finally ascends to the realms of the fairy world.

Question 2: Pan’s Labyrinth Reviews

The “Pan’s Labyrinth” is an exceptional movie that centers on the reality of war. Jim Emerson describes the film as one of cinema’s great fantasies, complete with great fantasies and wonder. Guillermo Del Toro’s inject the film with potency and awesome beauty, which captures adults’ imagination. In fact, Emerson claimed that the film had the same effect that “Alice in Wonderland” or the “Wizard of Oz” had on children. Emerson further claims that Pan’s Labyrinth is a movie that is only suitable for children due to its “R” rating, hence a harsh and uncompromising film.

In my own opinion about the movie, its narrative is mazy; hence creating an impression of an ebb and flow of an ocean. In the extreme, the narrative is gory and heart-wrenching, particularly the death of Ofelia. Notwithstanding the fact that it is a fantasy narrative, the movie has many similarities to contemporary battle fronts. As the 11-year-old Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother to a forest outpost, the cruelty of mankind comes to the fore (Toro). This cruelty manifests itself in the form of Vidal who in his quest to achieve his resistance aim kills Ofelia when she seeks to rescue her brother. The story is highly enlightening, and it reminds the viewers of the cruelty of war. In my view, it is a compelling narrative that will remain relevant for years to come.