The Hero's Journey in The Matrix
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Video from MatrixFans2007 YouTube Channel
One way to think about the predominant story told in Hollywood film--a person overcoming obstacles to achieve goals--is to connect it to what scholar Joseph Campbell terms "the monomyth," the hero's journey, found in many cultures and times, always reinterpreted so as to be meaningful in specific contexts. Our example here is the film The Matrix, explained by writer Christopher Vogler.
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The hero's journey, as categorized by Campbell, is not the only story told in myths, legends, and tales, but it is a major one, and it did become a self-consciously chosen model for Hollywood filmmakers by the 1980s, with people at Disney outlining their storyboards with the stages of the hero's journey. The stages of the hero's journey as articulated by Campbell, then, become central to OUR cultural myths, expressed through one of the most influential forms, movies. American Masters: George Lucas - Heroes, Myths & Magic (58:33) Christopher Vogler's Writer's Journey webpage Joseph Campbell Foundation Nice interactive diagram with stages of hero's journey
What are your thoughts on the hero's journey? What does it illuminate as an organizing principle of narrative? Leave out? Are there other models?