The Hero Journey In Princess Bride

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The Hero Journey undergoes different points in someone’s life. In 1949 a man named Joseph Campbell shared Mythic and Archetypal principals with the world. Christopher Vogler fulfilled all of the Hero Journey steps. In the Princess Bride film directed by Robert Reiner is based on the book written by William Goldman. In the film Westley the farm boy leaves the farm, and goes on an adventure to provide for his true love. Westley is a Campbellion a Hero because the story has Mythic and Archetypal principals and follows most of the twelve stages of the Hero Journey.Westley begins his Hero Journey with a call to adventure out of his ordinary world.Westley is a farm boy, who works for a beautiful girl named Buttercup. The farm is filled with animals, and orders from Buttercup. The only wodds Westley says is “As you wish” (Princess Bride). Westley shows that he loves Buttercup but does not want to live on the farm anymore so that he can get a better life for the both of them. When Buttercup realizes she truly loves Westley, and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Buttercup would tell Westley to do things just so he could say the magic words. “ Farm boy fetch me that pitcher” ( Princess Bride). This shows that Butercup loved Westley even though she did not show it, and this would send him on his adventure. Tom Hutchsion expressed in his article that “ There is a call to a new experience. This might appear like good news or bad news” (Hutchsion, Tom). Westley does not refuse the call because he wants to provide a better life for Buttercup. Westley entered his special world by getting on the ship, and starting his new life. While on the ship Dread Pirate Roberts keeps Westley on the ship as a passenger, and trains him, and he becomes Dread Pirate Roberts. Westley meets his mentor that gives him advise, and training to face the rest of his adventure. Kathleen Duncan article says “Westley goes off seek his fortune but ships is taken by pirates” (Duncan, Kathleen).While on the road to his new adventure Westley meets his allies, confronts enemies, and faces tests. As Westley leaves the ship to find Buttercup, he that she will be marrying a prince. He watches her closely and witness her being kidnapped, and he follows the ship that she is on. Later on he makes allies with two of the men and one remains his enemy. Westley fights a good swordsman Inigo who tells him, “You seem a descent fellow I hate to kill” (Princess Bride). Although Westley fights with two of the men, he does not kill them. They later on becomes his helpers. David Emerson explains some of the things that may happen in the Hero Journey. “The Hero Journey through a world of unfamiliar yet strangely intimate forces, some of which severely threaten him, some of which magical helper” (Emerson, David). Vizzini is Westley enemy because he kidnapped buttercup, and ordered him to be killed. Westley plays a game with Vizzini to see who can guess the right cup with poisoning in it. Vizzini says...

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