A True Hero Myth
Hollywood, California is the cinematic capital of the United States and consequently the world. Actors and their movies are valued on extraordinary levels. People of the American culture know more about the characters and plots of films more than they know about world events. What makes a cinematic movie a huge cultural phenomenon? Why are the characters and plots so intriguing that people spend money to see them time after time? There is not much of a difference between the generalized synopses of movies, which stem from common stories. These common stories are known as myths. In the Signs of Life in the USA anthology, Linda Seger explains in her article “Creating the ...view middle of the document...
He is seen as living a very ordinary life with this family and is unaware of who he really is. There is foreshadowing of the impending call to adventure for Perseus and for later phases when his adoptive father says, “One day, somebody's going to have to make a stand. One day, somebody's going to have to say enough.”
The second phase of the hero myth is where “…something new enters the hero’s life” (Seger 388). Meaning the spark that lights the fire for the hero. Ultimately, setting the story into motion with an issue that is in need to be solved. The city of Argos waged a war against the gods. The war began when the soldiers of Argos destroyed a statue of Zeus, in Clash of the Titans, which caused Hades to appear and create a tidal wave that killed Perseus’ family. The new thing that enters Perseus’ life is the hate he feels towards the gods about the loss of his family. Viewers know of the feelings such as hate, sadness, and urgency for revenge, therefore they tend to be sympathetic towards the hero and the hardship for which he must face. These feelings and emotions allow people to generate the connection to the hero and will see their lives and struggles in a symbolic way through the hero character.
The hero may be reluctant or uncertain, which is the third phase of the hero myth (Seger 389). This is where the hero refuses to take or is hesitant to take action. This phase is very clear for Perseus, who is unsure to accept this challenge because he would be facing powers that are unworldly. Even though he is half-god and has his own powers, he is still weary of what this journey will do to him. Viewers relate to this there are times when we become uncertain and afraid to take action and doubt ourselves and our ability to handle change, whether it’s good or bad.
There is also a second part to the third phase, which is where the hero rises up to face the challenge and answers the call. Seger explains that the hero will become “personally motivated” to begin their adventure. For Perseus he is motivated by his guardian, Io. She reminded him that he can get his revenge only by saving the city of Argos from Hades. Perseus wants to get his chance to destroy Hades, for killing his family, but first must kill the beastly Kraken that Hades ordered to wipe Argos from the face of Earth. Motivation is the key to promote action for anybody; that is why viewers can relate so closely with the hero Perseus. His motivations are justifiable because viewers are starting to connect their life challenges to the ones that the hero Perseus is facing.
The fourth phase of the hero myth is the involvement or introduction of the helping characters. These characters are known as archetypes. According to Scott Leonard and Michael McClure in their book, Myth and Knowing: an Introduction to World Mythology, they write that social functionalist Carl Jung “argued that such mythic archetypes…are aspects of every individual psyche…” (16). This means that people...