Thursday, April 4th Examples of the Hero’s Journey from the movies Home Alone and Taken
Home Alone 1) Ordinary World: 8 year old Kevin lives in Illinois w/ well-to-do parents. He’s the youngest, spoiled, and clueless about everything. He says he doesn’t like his family. • 2) Call to Adventure: A storm knocks out the power causing family to rush to make their plane to France. Kevin is accidentally left home alone. He is forced to take care of himself (cooking, cleaning, laundry) 3) Refusal of the Call: At first, he doesn’t believe what’s happened. He refused to go into the basement (fearing the furnace) to do laundry, and messes up the house. 4) Meeting the Mentor: Meets the neighbor, nicknamed Old Man Marley. 5) Crossing the Threshold: Eventually Kevin begins to wash the dirty dishes, clean up the house and cook meals for himself. When he orders pizza, he uses the movie Angels with Dirty Faces to scare away the delivery guy.
6) Tests , Allies, & Enemies: • Kevin refuses to answer the door when the police come to check on him; he’s too scared to come out from under his parents’ bed. • He accidentally shoplifts a toothbrush at the store. • He survives almost getting hit by Harry and Marv in their van. • He goes to the store to pick up a few groceries and dismisses each question the check out girl throws at him. • He conquers his fear of the furnace so he can do some laundry. • He conquers his fear of the movie Angels with Dirty Faces and uses it to scare away the pizza delivery guy and the “Wet Bandits” • Creates a fake party at his house • Realizes he misses his family 7) The Inmost Cave: Kevin overhears Harry and Marv planning to break into his house that night. His strategies have worked so far, but he needs a new plan to defend his home.
8) The Supreme Ordeal: Harry and Marv break into Kevin’s house at 9 PM on Christmas Eve. Kevin has prepared for this and puts his plan into action. Chaos ensues! 9) The Reward: Kevin beats Harry and Marv . Kevin has also managed to call the police, so they are on their way. 10) The Road Back: Kevin escapes his house and goes over to his neighbors’ house. 11) Resurrection: Harry and Marv beat Kevin over to the neighbors’ house and they are waiting for him when he comes up the basement stairs. Kevin’s friend Old Man Marley comes to Kevin’s rescue. 12) Elixir: Kevin returns home, cleans the mess (so no one ever knows what all happened), feels safe, sets out cookies for Santa and waits anxiously for his family. When they return, Kevin even has groceries in the house.
Taken 1) Ordinary World: Bryan is a retired CIA agent. His daughter lives with her mother (Lenore) and step-father (Stuart). • 2) Call to Adventure: (1) Daughter wants to go to Europe w/ friends. 3) Refusal of the Call: (1) Father doesn’t want her to go to Europe. Eventually agrees. • 2) Call to Adventure: (2) Bryan is on the phone w/ his daughter (in Paris, France, when she tells him men have broken in the apartment and taken her friend. Bryan overhears his daughter’s abduction; he prepares her for what’s about to happen. 4) Meeting the Mentor: Sam (Bryan’s ex- CIA agent friend in the U.S.) 5) Crossing the Threshold:Bryan talks to the kidnapper and tells him, “I don’t know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.“ He uses Stuart’s private plane to fly to Paris, France immediately.
6) Tests , Allies, & Enemies: • Stuart (Kim’s step-father) • Peter (man Kim and Amanda met at the airport) • Jean-Claude (French Intelligence agent) • Albanian interpreter • St. Clair • Marko (1st kidnapper) • Sheik • Isabelle • Girl from construction site 7) The Inmost Cave: Finds Marko at the house with the red door and gets Marko to tell him who Kim was sold to: St. Clair.
8) The Supreme Ordeal: At the auction for women. Bryan is knocked unconscious. 9) The Reward: Bryan escapes. He goes after St. Clair and kills him. He knows who bought his daughter. ***ALERT: The steps are slightly out of order here.*** 11) Resurrection: Fights and kills the Arab sheik holding Kim at knife point. 10) The Road Back: Back in the United States. Kim is reunited with her mother and step-father. Lenore thanks Bryan. 12) Elixir: Kim is safe with her mother. Bryan takes her to meet a famous pop star.