Format: MLA documentation (don’t forget your Works Cited page)
Length: five pages minimum; three steps from Departure; three steps from Initiation; three steps from Return
Sources: three minimum
Assignment: You will analyze a film that you feel closely follows the steps of Joseph Campbell’s mythic hero’s journey. Refer to the first handout I provided you for two examples, Star Wars and The Matrix. You will obviously need to research Joseph Campbell’s notions regarding the mythic hero’s journey. Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces will help you out immensely if you can find it. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source. It is possible to do a superficial job of researching and still attain the three source minimum; however, the measure of a strong paper will be the depth of knowledge you display regarding the steps of the mythic hero’s journey and its synthesis and application to your film. Keep in mind that Campbell’s Journey should be treated as a flexible model with plenty of room for you to be creative yet disciplined in your choices and analyses.
You will choose the film that you used for your mini-research paper, which was released in the year 2018.
Choose three of the five steps from Departure:
1. The Call to Adventure
2. Refusal of the Call
3. Supernatural Aid
4. Crossing the First Threshold
5. The Belly of the Whale
Choose three of the six steps from Initiation:
1. The Road of Trials
2. The Meeting with the Goddess
3. Temptation Away from the True Path
4. Atonement with the Father
6. The Ultimate Boon
Choose three of the six steps from Return:
1. Refusal of the Return
2. The Magic Flight
3. Rescue from Without
4. Crossing the Return Threshold
5. Master of the Two Worlds
6. Freedom to Live
You must also include an introduction and conclusion for a total of eleven paragraphs. Also, don’t forget a Works Cited page.
Written so far:
“The usual hero adventure begins with someone from whom something has been taken, or who
feels there is something lacking in the normal experience available or permitted to the members
of society. The person then takes off on a series of adventures beyond the ordinary, either to
recover what has been lost or to discover some life-giving elixir. It’s usually a cycle, a coming
and a returning.” (Joseph Campbell) The superhero movie Black Panther demonstrates
Campbells notions of a mythic hero’s journey. From the call to adventure to the belly of the
whale. T’challa is the perfect example of what Campbell references. He gets a strong call into a
crazy adventure and gets help from multiple sources. He fights two hard battles. He is a strong
T’challa, also known as the Black Panther, started out fighting small inner battles in his
country, but when his father dies and he becomes king, everything changes. Campbells, “Call to
Adventure” is displayed as an old enemy reappears, stealing an old artifact and causing T’challa
to need to go after him. After capturing Klaue, the enemy, a larger threat arises. T’challa is called
to a wild adventure when his cousin shows up seeking vengeance for what happened to his
father. He steals the throne from under him and he has to fight to get it back.
To win his battle, the Black Panther had to get help from outside sources, what Joseph
Campbell would call “Supernatural Aid”. One source is the suit his sister creates for him. The
suit is made out of an element called vibranium and absorbs kinetic energy when something hits
it and uses it. It gives T’challa the strength he needs to fight off his cousin. Another form of aid
he receives is from his dead ancestors, they try to get him to accept death and he responds with
“You were wrong – all of you were wrong – to turn your backs on the rest of the world! We let
the fear of discovery stop us from doing what is right. No more! I cannot stay here with you. I
cannot rest while HE sits on the throne! He is a monster of our own making! I must take the
mantle back. I must! I must right these wrongs!”. He pushes himself to come back to life and
fight the battle that they wouldn’t.
Once T’challa decides he wants to fight, he decends into the belly of the whale. This
means that the hero enters the zone of danger. The Black Panther fights with along his allies
using his suit. The good side wins the battle as usual. T’Challa shows a true heroistic trait after.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”. And that is
what he did, rather than being selfish and golding onto the vibranium he shares it with everyone.
In conclusion, T’challa, the Black Panther, is a good hero. He shows this throughout the
film and proves it again and again. He gets called to an adventure full of surprises, uses two
forms of supernatural aid, and travels into the belly of the whale for a great battle. I think Joseph
Campbell would see him as a hero.
“Black Panther.” Netflix, 4 Sept. 2018,
Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press,
“The Hero With a Thousand Faces Quotes by Joseph Campbell.” Goodreads, Goodreads,
My professor said that my cites don’t match with my paragraphs and that I didn’t do them correctly and that that was the main issue with my rough draft