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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What is a hero? A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. In the novel October Sky by Homer Hickam, a teenager named Homer “Sonny” Hickam grew up in a coal town in West Virginia where a boy’s usual fate was to end up in the mines. Although his mine-foreman father contemplated him in dismay, Homer still had his eyes on the sky and a love for flying rockets. Throughout the course of the story Homer proves to be heroic by remaining devoted to building the rockets, disregarding his father’s approval and facing the challenge of his stolen belongings.
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“ A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown .” When a hero keeps on going and never stop trying that makes them a hero.When a hero puts there life at risk just to save another life, even though it could mean losing their own that makes them a hero. Someone who goes through great challenges but never stops trying is a hero. Ahero is not someone who gives up or someone who is selfish.Heroism is being selflessness, someone who makes sacrifices, and someone who never gives up.
It is vital when approaching the question of whether or not Beowulf can be viewed as a hero to attempt to understand the concept of a hero'. Joseph Campbell, the American theorist, studied mythological characters and texts in great detail and developed the concept of the monomyth (or Hero's Journey) which he suggested all heroes undertook:
Some may believe a hero is a person who fights evil and saves people. In reality, it is more than than that. A hero is someone who fights for what they believe in, they are courageous, fight for the greater good, and above all, would sacrifice their life to save the lives of many. For example, in The Odyssey, a hotshot is shown in the life of Odysseus. While many believe Odysseus was a great figure and leader, he was far from that. He failed his crew, and for one reason only, he was not the chieftain his men needed.
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A hero is described as a figure who is recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments. Joseph Campbell says all hero’s follow a certain path. First, they go through a separation, then an initiation. They go through an initiation to show their worth as a hero, then they return and are reintegrated with society after learning a lesson. Hero’s should also be relatable, which is why they often go through crisis and failures. Even though they contrast each other, Rama from the Ramayana and Gilgamesh from the Epic of Gilgamesh have similar archetypes of the hero.
A hero is something that society has formed an idea about the characteristic it should posses from history. Through the stories told from the past a hero is developed through their qualities and characteristics they value. When one views a hero from a different culture they can form an opinion on what matters to that culture. One will notice that through all these different heroes that they all share common features. In ancient Hebrew culture Moses represents a hero and for ancient Greek culture Odysseus represents heroic figures.
Wallace has a very colloquial style to his word choice and presentation of his speech. He has a unique way of making listeners feel comfortable and safe listening to him speak. He appears to talk to the listener’s as if they are having on a one-on-one conversation with each and every person listening. Wallace also works hard to present himself as an equal, no more righteous or smarter than anyone in the audience. He chooses to remind everyone not to “think that I'm giving you moral advice, or that I'm saying you're “supposed to” think this way” (Wallace 12), but to offer advice and new insight into changing our perspective on the world. This comfortable word choice is a unique way for Wallace to make himself more relatable to the graduates and listeners in general.
In the movie, Wallace is introduced to the audience as a common man with very humble beginnings whose father was a farmer. He was in fact not the son of a common farmer but the son of a low-level. Wallace first acted in anger against the English when he was insulted by the son of an English governor and proceeded to strike him dead and he began his military career. His military dream to free Scotland started in May 1297 after the murder of Marion Braidfoot who is the historical basis for the character Murron in Braveheart. Wallace won the battle of Stirling; he was kind of disappointed when he remembered that he had to fight the English king. The English king brought his army north. The English army had infantry and archers as well as over 3000 cavalry. The Scottish army was only half the size and had almost no cavalry. The Scottish army lost, Wallace however went into hiding. The film Braveheart makes the audience believe that Wallace went around killing his enemies in Scotland, there is however no historical evidence for this belief. Politics were beginning to change due to the manipulations of Edward I and even England’s enemies wouldn’t offer Wallace any help. After traveling to France, germane and Rome he returns to Scotland after almost years abroad to find out he was betrayed to the English by a Scottish noble named Sir John Menteith and was turned over to the English for a trial. He was then taken to for trial and execution. The film Braveheart is