Hero Journey

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Anthony Lane
Ms. Thompson
1020 English
March 25, 2013
The Hero’s Journey of Coach Ken Carter
A formula that was made by a man named Joseph Campbell which he calls the hero’s journey this formula is at the heart of every story he feel it’s the structure, shape, and form of the story. He also claims that even though stories are different on the outside that they still use the three stages that I’m going to explain in my paper and how my hero I choose accomplished all three stages. The movie coach Carter is a coach who led disrespectful men to respectful men that put academic first before sports. I believe that my hero followed the hero’s journey perfect he went through some ups and downs to accomplish the journey he accepted when he took on such a hard task that no one was trying to help within his journey. The first stage is called separation from the known. My hero’s everyday life consisted of raising his son, owning a sports shop, and loving his wife. He leaves his ordinary life to coach a basketball team that was disrespectful to themselves and him. Coach Carter left to coach this team because he was offered the job and he loved the game of basketball. The environment he entered was disrespectful and it went from being a coach to a man that no one was getting along with. He later becomes the man that was just right for the job. The second stage is initiation and transformation which was very challenging for the coach to do. When the coach took the job he went into his job with confidents but came off to his players as a coach who was putting on a show. On the first day practice, he had one of his players disrespected him. At the end of practice, he gave them a contract no one seemed to understand. The players didn’t think that a contract was necessary in order to play basketball. Even their parents felt that the coach was going a little over board with the standards he had set for their child to be on his team. The contract asked of the team to...
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