In many ways, Ophelia is interpreted as a hero who has set out to test her moral skills and at the end it is determined whether she has passed the tests in order to “define the hero’s role in society,” (Campbell). There were three tasks all
together, first was to receive a key; second, follow instructions to get a dagger; and third was facing a monster; Captain Vidal. The ultimate test Ophelia faced was shown at the end of the fi...
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...sychologically mind altering like the Pale Man, where fear was challenged. Ophelia’s adventure through the threshold, tests, and death holds significance to the film and meaning. The hero’s return to the threshold is basically what Campbell refers to as a resurrection of the hero who returns to her royal placement as Princess of the Underworld. Even with her final task of initiation, her obedience to the faun failed but the test was accomplished because of her self-sacrifice. She proved her selfless act of heroism instead of spilling the blood of her beloved brother. Hence, this is considered a spiritual journey/transformation for the hero as she is initiated to the rite of passage; the Underworld. The final scene is more of a positive transition from the human world to a different realm that praises Ophelia (the hero) for her self-sacrifice and loving nature.
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