The Hero Myth of the Matrix
According to Linda Seger all myths, in all cultures are much the same. In these myths it is just the time, place and setting that changes. This is why Hollywood is so successful at making good movies, because they base it off these myths. The most popular myth is that of the hero, because for most of us this is what we want to be. With this myth we can live that experience through these characters. In the creation of a hero there are ten stages, using the Matrix as an example we will look at these ten stages.
Like in Linda Seger's essay, the first stage of the hero is he/she is presented to the viewers in normal surroundings doing normal things. In the movie the Matrix Thomas Anderson, also known as Neo, (Played by Keanu Reeves) is a program writer for a software company and lives by himself. The only way this story differs from Seger's essay is in Neo's free time he is a rebel computer hacker. He does this because he is looking for an answer. "What is the Matrix?" This is the way we see Neo before his transformation into a hero.
The second stage of the hero, according to Seger, is when the real shaping of him/her begins. Something happens to the hero and he/she must make a choice. In the Matrix, Neo is told, through the computer, by Trinity (Played by Carrie-Anne Moss) to "Follow the white rabbit." He then meets Trinity at a club, and she warns him that he is in danger. Neo, is then captured by agent Smith, (Played by Hugo Weaving) Brown, (Played by Paul Goddard) and Jones (Played by Robert Taylor). They tell him to help them capture Morpheus (Played by Laurence Fishburne) or be tried for computer hacking, but he refuses. This is the choice he had to make, that is when the adventure really begins. Now that we have the agents and Morpheus after Neo, we can real start looking for some major changes to happen.
Stage three, like in Seger's essay is when the hero is called upon. However, sometimes the hero is not ready to go or are scared of what they may find out. In the movie Neo meets Apoc, (Played by Julian Arahanga) Switch, (Played by Belinda McClory) and Trinity, he is told to do what they say or get out of the car. At first, Neo chooses to leave, but Trinity calls upon him to stay and trust her. This was Neo's calling, and the introduction to his next step.
Seger writes, that the forth stage is when the hero meets his helper or helpers. Because of the help, they offer the hero will be able to complete his/her journey or adventure. The helper could be anybody from a small child to a guardian angle. This helper usually give the hero something that will help him/her to complete the journey, it could be advice, training or a small item to protect him/her. In the Matrix, Neo has many helpers. The two that helped him the most are Morpheus and the Oracle (Played by Gloria Foster). Morpheus is like the Wise old man who offers Neo the truth of the matrix and advice. Morpheus is also the one who...