Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo Essay Joseph Campbell states, “For those who have not refused the call, their first encounter of the hero-journey is with a protective figure.” A protective figure can be known as a mentor, someone who acts as a guide and helps you through your journey. This quote can be applied to the movie Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo was written and directed by Andrew Stanton. It was made in 2003 and produced by the Pixar Animation Studios. This film is about a clownfish named Marlin who lives in waters of the Great Barrier Reef with his son Nemo. Marlin is fearful of the dangers that occur in the ocean and struggles to protect his son from these dangers. Nemo on the other hand is a curious young fish that wants to explore the ocean. Nemo is unexpectedly taken away from his home and sent into a dentist office fish tank, scared of what may happen to him. His father now has to become the hero and brave the ocean in order save his son. Through Marlin and Nemo’s journey, they both encounter separate mentors that provide them with optimism and courage that will help them complete their journey and reunite together as a family.
Marlin goes on a journey through the ocean to find his son even though he is afraid. While on his journey he meets a fish named Dory, who acts as his mentor and helper. She teaches Marlin how not to be afraid and keep on going through her humor in many ways. For example, on their way to finding Nemo, they find the mask of the scuba diver who took Nemo. With Dory’s ability to read she is able to read the information on the mask, which helps Marlin get closer to his son. Another example is when the mask gets dropped down a dark hole, Marlin is discouraged and says he will never find his son now but Dory starts to swim down the hole without any worries. Dory sees that Marlin is upset but she helps him continue by telling him that he has to keep on swimming even if something goes wrong. Marlin is able to get down the hole, forgetting it is dark

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