Prompt: This assignment is meant to replace the in-class discussion and practices covered during the first session. In order to be successful for this assignment, you must thoroughly review the lecture slides, paying special attention to those about the hero’s journey, particularly Christopher Vogel’s 2011 updated sequence from The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. This may require some independent research to substitute the in-class learning.
Your assignment will be to watch 2 feature length films that follow the traditional hero’s journey. Examples can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls055945505/
For each of your 2 selected movies, you must complete a full analysis of how the elements of the hero’s journey are presented in the story, and how these elements contributed to the effectiveness of the narrative at holding your attention and engendering sympathy for the “hero.”
You must also identify the transitions between Acts 1, 2 and 3, as described in the lecture slides regarding “Traditional 3 Act Structure.” This may also require some independent research.
Your analysis should be submitted in essay form. Page length is 6 pages, double-spaced 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins. No citations or outside research are required, but plagiarism will not be tolerated.
|Identifies the transitions between acts.||3 pts|
|Identifies and justifies elements of the hero’s journey within the films.||5 pts|
|Describes how the use of the hero’s journey was effective in the movie (or how it was not).||3 pts|
|Full essay is well organized.||2 pts|
|Writing is thoughtful and clear.||2 pts|
Note that for this and all assignments, extra points will be removed for errors (misspellings, bad grammar, factual errors, etc.) or failure to adhere to requirements (minimum page length, etc.)