The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Hero’s Journey
The hero’s journey that Campbell said in The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a basic pattern and found in many narratives around the world. The standard pattern of the adventure of the hero is represented in the sequences: Departure-Initiation-Return. This sequences also known as the heroic Monomyth. In the movie, The hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Campbell’s Monymyth is represented by the main character. The story unfolds according to each step of Monomyth.
‘The call to adventure’ is the first stage of the hero’s journey. The hero begins from the trivial round of daily life to enter the new world by accepting the call from a strange world. The calling to the adventure is a destiny for the hero and the hero is irresistibly fascinated to an unknown zone according to his unconscious instinct. This new region represents both treasure and danger such as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves, or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state (Campbell 48). In the movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo who is a younger and more reluctant Hobbit received the offer that is fighting the dragon ‘Smaug’ from Gandalf who is an itinerant wizard. Before the proposal, Gandalf tricks Bilbo into hosting a party for Hobbit warriors who are toward to the Lonely Mountain to fight the dragon. The movie shows typical ‘The call to adventure’. The movie starts with a peaceful normal life of an ordinary hobbit and extraordinary invite him to adventure as same as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Matrix. Bilbo’s journey is given to him by a guide who is wizard in the movie. ‘Refusal of the call’ is the second stage of the Monomyth. The hero often refuses to the call when they give it because they want to hold their current circumstances. Also, they felt a sense of obligation, fear, insecurity and a sense of inadequacy for the new world. Campbell said...
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