The Hero Journey in Princess Bride

analytical Essay
975 words
975 words

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 becom... ... middle of paper ... ...e Journey. The Resurrection is that he saves Buttercup, and The Return with Elixir they all run off into the sunset. That proves that Westley is a Campbellion hero because he completes most stages of the Hero Journey. Works Cited The power of Myth (with Bill Moyes). Books, 1988.151-200.print.ed.Betty Sue flowers. New York, Anchor. Duncan, Kathleen. “Book worm: follow princess bride through love, battles, charm.” N.d: n.pag.web Emerson, David. “Innocence as a super-power: little girls on the hero’s journey.” Mythlore 28.1-2 (2009): 13lt. Literature resource center.web.17oct.2013 Holmes, Thomas. “The hero’s journey: an inquiry-research model. Jun 2007, vol 34 issue 5, p19-22.4p. 1 Diagram Hutchinson, Tom “Illness and the hero’s journey: still ourselves and more”, CMAJ. 162.11 (2000):p.1597 web (date accessed). Princess Bride. Renier,

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how joseph campbell shared mythic and archetypal principals with the world and christopher vogler fulfilled all of the hero journey steps.
  • Explains how westley enters his special world by getting on the ship dread pirate roberts, meets his mentor, and faces tests.
  • Analyzes how the biggest occasion is when westley faces his ordeal. he finally gets buttercup away from the enemy, and runs away with her.
  • Concludes that westley fulfilled most of the twelve stages of his hero journey. he crossed the threshold into the special world and met his mentor dread pirate roberts.
  • Cites emerson, david, and holmes, thomas. the hero's journey: an inquiry-research model.
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