A Hero's Journey: "Gladiator" (The Movie).

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"Gladiator" is a movie meant to be remembered for many years to come. It is an action-packed; historical, tragic, emotional, vengeful, moral, amazing, exciting, breath-taking, and thrilling ride into the era of the Roman Empire. Maximus was the most honorable, respected, and skilled general Rome had ever has, and when everything is taken from him, he still manages to die as Rome's most respected, honorable, and skilled gladiators. Maximus is the definition of Gladiator."Gladiator" tells the tale of the general (Maximus) who became a slave, the slave who became a gladiator, and the gladiator who defied an empire. Maximus was the most honorable and respected general Rome had ever had, and when everything is taken from him, he still manages to die as one of Rome's most respected and honorable men.THE CALL:Maximus' journey starts when the dieing Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, asks him to be Rome's new emperor when he passes. He does not feel that his son, Commodus is fit to rule. When Marcus tells the news to Commodus, Commodus is outraged and suffocates his father while hugging him. Since the Emperor had not announced his wishes for Maximus to take the throne publicly, the heir, Commodus, became the new emperor of Rome. Commodus then asks for Maximus' allegiance to him and to be the general of his army, but Maximus would not have anything to do with this false emperor.Commodus orders for Maximus to be executed away from the camp. He also orders for Maximus' wife and eight year old son to be burned alive and crucified. So two executioners took Maximus out into the middle of some woods to kill him, but being the amazing soldier he was, he killed both of the men, but had been cut very deeply in his lefts arm. He took there horses in an effort to stop the soldiers from killing his family. When he reaches his farmland, he finds that his entire crop has been burnt, his cattle slaughtered, but worst of all, his wife and little son burnt to a crisp nailed to crosses above where his kitchen would have been. He passes out from grief and blood loss.THE THRESHOLD:While unconscious, Maximus is picked up by slave merchants and sold to Proximo, who trains slaves to become gladiators, so that he can profit from either their deaths or their victories. He had won his own freedom by being one of the greatest gladiators. He has a special place in his heart for Maximus and feels that Maximus will bring him great fortune. Proximo tells Maximus, "If you can win the crowd by becoming their hero, you may, perhaps, win your freedom". He even gives Maximus his old armor that he used when he was a gladiator. Proximo knows that Maximus is a great fighter, but he also knows that Maximus could be taken against any gladiator and kill him in seconds. Proximo teaches Maximus to take time while killing his opponent and to entertain the people, because that is the way to win the people over and to win his freedom.Maximus easily wins his first few battles in small arenas, and is known...

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