FILM STUDIES Get out your Heroes Epic Journey Chart First, let’s continue reviewing the elements for Shrek
REMINDERS • Turn in Shrek Homework • Monday: midterm! • Prepare by examining Heroes Epic Journey notes and chart. • You can use any notes, outlines, etc., but you MUST write the actual essay in class. • Also, use the preparation that we will complete right now…
STANDARDS Reading 3.7a: Contrast the major literary forms, techniques, and characteristics…
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • Your midterm will be an in-class essay on the similarities and differences of the heroes epic journey as it applies to Shrek and Star Wars. • Instead of 5 body paragraphs, you only need 4: • Introduction paragraph • 1st body paragraph: One major similarity • 2nd body paragraph: One major difference • Last paragraph: Conclusion
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • To prepare: • First, create a thesis statement that • Mentions both movies • Mentions similarities and differences in the hero’s epic journey • Mentions the major similarity and the major difference Example: In hero movies Shrek and Star Wars, the hero’s epic journey has a similar “Atonement” phase, but a very different “Apotheosis” phase. Remember: Where does the thesis statement go???
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part I: Road of Trials= a series of tests, tasks, or sufferings that the person must experience to begin the transformation. Often the person fails one or more of these tests.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part II: Meeting with the Goddess= the person experiences a love that is powerful and unconditional. This love does not have to romantic or with the opposite sex.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part III: The Temptation= the hero experiences temptations that may lead him/her to stray from the quest.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part IV: Atonement= the person is confronted by whatever holds the ultimate power in his/her life (sometimes, a father figure who has life and death power). This is the center of the journey.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part V: Apotheosis= a period of rest, peace and fulfillment before the hero begins the return.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • INITIATION • Part VI: The Ultimate Boon= the achievement of the goal. It is what the person went on the journey to get. All the previous steps serve to prepare the person for this.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part I: Refusal of the Return= when all has been achieved, why come back to normal life with its cares and woes?
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part II: The Magic Flight= Sometimes, the hero must escape with the boon. It can be just as adventurous and dangerous returning from the journey as it was to go.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part III: Rescue from Without= The hero may need guides or rescuers to bring them back to everyday life, especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part IV: The Crossing of the Return Threshold= The trick in returning is to keep and use the wisdom gained on the quest, and then figure out how to share the wisdom with others (usually a difficult task).
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part V: Master of the Two Worlds= The person has become comfortable and competent in both the inner and outer worlds.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY • RETURN • Part VI: Freedom to Live= Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, or the freedom to live. Sometimes called “living in the moment”.
HERO’S EPIC JOURNEY • While not EVERY story has EVERY element, all hero stories have most elements. • Some elements can be spread out between several movies in a series, but movies in a series can also follow the journey within ONE movie.