Pineapple Express contains six of the seven elements that make up an epic. Pineapple express includes an epic hero, a quest, valorous deeds, divine intervention, grand events, and serious tone with formal speeches. In media res is the only element of an epic that is not found in Pineapple Express.
Pineapple Express is a 2008 stoner-action film that stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. Seth Rogen plays as Dale Denton and James Franco portrays the role of Saul Silver. Saul is Dale’s pot dealer and Saul just recently came upon a new strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Saul sells Dale some of the rare cannabis. Dale is employed as a process server and he witnesses the guy who he was supposed to serve, murder someone. The twist is that the guy who was supposed to be served by Dale, is Ted Jones, a drug lord in the city. Ted Jones knows who has the Pineapple Express, which makes for one of the best epics ever.
Dale Denton is the epic hero in the movie. Dale Denton saves the day and rids the world of Ted Jones and all of his cronies. There is definitely a quest present in Pineapple Express. Dale and Saul have to travel to a lot of locations before they reach their final destination, which is Ted Jones’ grow house. They hitch a ride on the back of a boat and are dropped off at Red’s house. Red is Saul’s pot dealer and Ted Jones is Red’s pot dealer.
Valorous deeds are seen throughout the whole epic. Saul saves Dale from being arrested by stealing the cop car and driving both of them to safety after an intense car chase. Dale comes back to save Saul by rushing into Ted’s grow house. Even though his attempt is unsuccessful at first, Dale finds a way to come out on top. There is also many examples of divine intervention in the epic. Dale gets shot at point blank range, but the bullet only grazes his ear and takes a chunk out of it. Another example of divine intervention in the movie is when the grow house explodes at the...
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