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Mythological Content In "Confessions Of A Shopaholic"

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In many movies today there is usually some form of mythological content. The movie doesn’t have to be related to mythology in any way, shape, or form. The movie Confessions of a Shopaholic is a movie that you would not expect to have any mythological content in it, but it does. In Confessions of a Shopaholic there is a definite hero archetype.
This movie has the hero archetype in it because it fulfills all of the phases in Joseph Campbell’s study A Hero with a Thousand Faces. The first phase of Campbell’s study is Departure. Rebecca Bloomwood goes through this phase when she gets all of her credit card bills and realizes that she is in major debt and needs to stop spending so much right away. She gets the call to adventure when she unintentionally gets a job as a column writer for the magazine, Successful Savings, by writing a drunken letter and sending it to the wrong magazine. The only reason Luke Brandon hires her is because of her great comparisons and metaphors for economics grants her critical acclaim, public success, and the admiration of her boss, Luke. After she gets the job Luke ask her to write a column on interest rates, and she does not really know what they are, so she goes to a bookstore and find a book called Money for Dummies. Her best friend, Suze, is at the bookstore with and her, and she finds a book called Control Your Urge to Shop accompanied with a DVD. They go home and watch the movie. She refuses the call when the guy in the movie, Derek E. Barton, asks questions about shopping and she answers no to all of them. The person that gives her supernatural aid is the guy in the movie, Derek E. Barton and Suze. Derek tries to help her stop getting the urge to shop when she watches his movie and Suze helps her by making her go to shopaholics anonymous, helping her go through her bills and figure out what she really owes, and by helping her avoid Derek Smeath. Rebecca crosses the first threshold when she walks past the shops, and the mannequins are begging her to come in, but she doesn’t. Instead she puts her hand up to block the view of the mannequins and tells herself that she doesn’t need anything right now. The belly of the whale happens when Rebecca actually goes to the shopaholics anonymous. At first she acts like she doesn’t need to be there and tells the whole group how great shopping really is. She goes shopping after her first meeting and sees people from the meeting and feels bad for making them remember how good shopping was, but she still buys things. Then when she goes to the next meeting, she goes shopping right before and has to ask some lady to put the bags in her car, so she won’t get in trouble. The lady she gives her clothes to turns out to be the new teacher of the class, and she makes Rebecca go to a thrift shop and donate her expensive name brand clothes.
Next, is phase two of Campbell’s study which is initiation. Rebecca goes through this phase when she has to go through the many trials of her...

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