Sam Watson- the Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is a story archetype that I remember learning about in a non-fiction class that I took in high school. I find it so interesting that it appears in almost all great stories that I have ever heard. Even more fascinating are the characters that are a part of the hero’s journey, and how they keep showing up time and time again in different forms. The only stories that I can think of that do not have a typical hero’s journey in them are slice of life stories. However, I would argue that many of these sorts of stories have many small segmented hero’s journeys all mashed together. Take for example “Pulp Fiction”, a film by Quentin Tarantino. This film is about a seemingly random series of events and how they all happen to intertwine with one another. There is no over-arcing hero’s journey, but rather several small ones put together. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) must take Marcellus Wallace’s wife (Uma Thurman) out to dinner, where she accidentally has a heroin overdose. Butch (Bruce Willis) is paid to throw a boxing match that he is fighting in, and is faced with a moral dilemma. Overall, the film is a slice of life, but upon closer inspection it is several hero’s journeys put together.

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2 thoughts on “Sam Watson- the Hero’s Journey

  1. meaganmthornton January 29, 2015 / 12:00 am

    Pulp fiction is one of my favorite movies. I love how Tarantino made random series of events and how they all end up into one story at the end. Which I think is very smart because you get to see the side of all of the characters in their way of life and finally how they interact with each other when they finally meet up with each other.

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