William Wallace As A Hero From Mel Gibson's Braveheart

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Joseph Campbell defines a hero as an individual who is capable of leaving their ordinary everyday life in order to assist those who need aid and support in a separate world. According to Campbell, the hero must complete the majority of his twelve stages in order to classify as a hero. William Wallace, from Mel Gibson’s film Braveheart, displays all of Joseph Campbell’s stages of a hero through his conquest to gain freedom for his home country, Scotland. At the beginning of the film, the hero William Wallace is introduced as a young child to represent his journey of becoming a hero begins at a young age. Young Wallace lives with his father and his brother in a very poor village. One day Wallace decides to sneakily follow his father and discovers numerous hanging bodies of the Scottish that King Longshanks, “had...hanged” (Braveheart). At that very moment, something clicked inside of William Wallace and he knew he must do something about the English’s evil reign. Wallace says to his father, “I can fight.”(Braveheart), causing a small vergence into Campbell’s stage “the call to adventure”. The father declines his son’s offer and rides off to battle. Sadly, Wallace’s father does not return from the mission and young William Wallace must now go and live with his uncle, Argyle Wallace. When Wallace first encounters his uncle he is entering Campbell’s stage of “meeting the mentor” and he informs his nephew that, “we’ll stay tonight” but tomorrow they will depart. A few scenes

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