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Hero

...Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1949 that discussed the journey of the hero in most heroic stories. I have applied Campbell’s hero cycle to The Matrix, starring Keenu Reeves and created by Andy and Larry Wachowski. The Call to Adventure in The Matrix This is the first step in Campbell’s hero cycle. This initial step is followed by helpers. * The Call to Adventure – In The Matrix, Neo is called to the adventure when Trinity sends him a message over his computer telling him to follow the white rabbit. Trinity tells Neo, “The answer is out there, Neo, and it's looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.” * Helper – His helpers are Trinity, who respects as a computer hacker and calls him to action, and Morpheus, who tries to guide him away from the agents who try to capture him. The Crossing in The Matrix * The crossing is the point in which the hero reaches the point of no return. From this point the hero can never come back to his/her previous life. After the hero crosses over, the hero must pass tests with some help from others. * The Crossing – In The Matrix, the point of no return occurs when Morpheus offers Neo a choice of two pills. If he picks one, he will return to world he knows. If he selects the other pill, he will see the new world, the world as it actually exists. Neo, of course, selects the pill that shows him that the matrix is just a construct. Morpheus states, “I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I......

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Mulan

...equal to the mission, Mulan decided to dress gerself as a man to join the army instead of her fater. During the time in the army, she became acquainted wiht the captain, Li Shang, and she was deeply moved by his care for her.  After they won th ewar, she told the truth frankly to him, and Li Shang asked the king to spare her life for disguising herself as a soldier. In time, they fell in love with each other, got married and lived happily hereafter. Scene I Narrator: Long time age, ther was a war in China….. 德首: Get out.  The land doesn’t belong to you. 土酋: Your land?……Hey , he says this is his land. 土酋: We just get our land back. 德首: Go to hell, you barbarians. 土酋: Attack! 德首: Fire!  Kill them all. 德首: Just wait and see.  My son, Li Shang, will revenge himeself on you. 路人甲: Your majesty, we are losing.  What can we do? 陛下: Even if the odds are against us, we must keep going on.   Now, what we can do is recruit soldiers. 使者: Pat…….Ouch, what are you doing?  Are you Pat? Pat: Yes. 使者: O.K.  I am the messenger from our great general, Li Shang.  This letter is confidential.  Please read it carefully. Mulan: What’s up?  Daddy, you look so pale, Pat: Nothing…. Mulan: Look! Pat: What…… Mulan: My father is dying.  My brother is too young.   What can I do? 路人甲乙丙丁: What can she do? Mulan: What can I do? Voice: You can go to the army instead of your father. Mulan: But I’m a girl. Voice: Why not?  You look like a man. Mulan: Right! ......

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Heros

...people in this world who I can consider a “hero”-- not that there were many before the modern generation. In this day and age people view those who are paid to serve and protect as “heroes”, but I would kindly disagree. The Police Officers and Firemen are not heroes they are simply normal people trying to make a living. To truly be a hero, in my opinion, you must be extraordinary in every way. A true hero must be kind, generous, courageous, truthful, loyal, and chivalrous, an each characteristic must be taken to an extreme. There are many people, mostly in books, who have the traits of a hero, but none who have them all. One such person is the protagonist of the series of books named the Night Angle trilogy by Brent Weeks; this character’s name is Kylar. Kylar is the immortal embodiment of retribution, and he has four of the traits a hero should have. He is loyal; even after a fight to the death he remained loyal to his master, he is courageous; even with the threat of permanent death Kylar charged into a war so that he might save the woman he loved, he is kind; despite his horrible past he still goes out of his way to help others, and he is chivalrous; he would never do anything that would cause harm to those he cared for or those who are innocent. Another of the fictional people who has some of the traits of a hero is Harry Dresden; he is the protagonist of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Harry has four of the characteristics of a hero. Harry is kind; he risks his life......

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Hero

...My Hero Even Though my dad isn’t the strongest hero he still is the best, inspiring, and courageous, and willing hero to me. Inspiration is motivation which people work towards everyday. Courage is what every hero has to help others work through demanding changes and challenges. I think willingness is the best trait about every hero because helping people is what they do. In conclusion, inspiration, courage, and willingness is what heroes use to help them make a difference in the world and my life. Inspiration is a great trait which all awesome heroes possess. My dad inspires me by caring for everybody around him. This motivates me by doing the same thing. My dad is very athletic, and he led by example. This is on of the reasons why I play basketball and lacrosse. He always cares for me no matter what happens in our father/daughter life. Even if he has had a challenging day at work, I know he will be happy when it comes time to see me and my brother. Even after a hard day at work, his day is not done, I know he still works hard physically and mentally. His works habits inspires me, and gives me a level of commitment and accountability in my everyday life. Another strong trait my dad has is courage. He is always protective of others. An example is he gives his whole life to take care of me and my brother. I know he tries to make everyone’s life easier. I know he will always love us unconditionally. This is...

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Mulan Archetypes

...In the movie Mulan, the character Mulan embodies a couple very significant archetypes. One major archetype she embodies is the hero. She is the hero of the movie because she saved china from being taken over. She first started to become a hero when she snuck out of her house the night before her farther was supposed to leave for war. She put on her fathers armor and left for war. The whole time she was in war she convinced the other soldiers that she was a man. When the Huns attacked china Mulan was a hero because she saved all of the soldiers by shooting a cannon into a mountain top creating an avalanche which stopped the Huns. She also becomes a hero at the end of the movie when the Huns return to china and almost overtake the emperor, but Mulan once again saved them all by leading the soldiers to take down Shan Yu and the Huns. The other archetype that Mulan embodies in the movie is the Scapegoat. She is the scapegoat because her father was supposed to got to war with the soldiers even though he was old and hurt. He could hardly walk but was going to suck it up for his country. Mulan couldn’t watch her father go knowing he probably wouldn’t make it back. So she took his responsibility and went to war. She also took his suffering away from his because she ended up getting stabbed and injured. She did it all for her father and that is why she embodies the hero and scapegoat archetypes in the movie....

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Mulan

...Jonathan Chambers December 9, 2013 History Mulan Comparison The movie Mulan was surprising similar to many ideas and events in China’s history. Sometimes, movies are not realistic and even give a false account of historical events. I thought, for the most part, that Mulan was an excellent representation of China’s army and how it functioned during the Qin Dynasty. In the movie, Mulan volunteered to go to war for her father when he was called to serve. When her father was called to go to war, he was old and crippled but the army commander didn’t care. This is an example of the inflexibility and harsh rules of the army which truly did exist. Mulan enlisted in the army as a young boy, without a whole lot of physical strength but the army was just as hard on her as anyone else. It didn’t matter what the excuse was, you were expected to serve, and serve well. There was great pride in serving in the army and many wanted to serve to make their ancestors proud. In the religion in China, it is important to make your dead relatives proud and help you get a better place when you die. Also, in Chinese culture, a woman’s place was one of quiet obedience. This was displayed in Mulan in the beginning when she was being prepared to be married off and was told to be quiet when she tried to say what she really wanted to do. Women were not allowed in the army and this was said during the movie, too. Also, when the women were getting Mulan ready, they used jade, which was......

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Hero

...“Hey mom what’s a hero” asked the child.” I don’t really know” replied the mom. So what do you think truly defines a hero. Well I think there are many traits a hero processes or at least should pocess. A hero isn’t always the guy with powers, who wears a cape and a pair of tights. Truthfully a hero can be anyone or anything, even an animal or a small child. I think a few traits a hero should definitely have are being helpful, kind, brave, and physically or mentally strong. They should also be a good role model. A person who is a villain of some kind is not a hero in fact they are the total opposite of a hero. Firstly the main function of a hero whether it being animal or person is to be a good role model. Not only should the hero be a role model for children but also for the people surrounding them, which includes adults. Another function of a hero would be to save people’s lives whether be literally or figuratively saving their lives. Many heroic figures like doctors, police, firefighters etc. save an abundant of lives every day. But that doesn’t mean that to be a hero you have to save lives every day. While some heroes save lives and are good role models others do not do both. Some heroes may just do good deeds and are good role models. However just because they don’t save lives doesn’t make them less of a hero. An example of this type of hero would be someone like your dad or mom. You could look at them as a heroic figure but that does not mean they save lives like a...

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Mulan

...MULAN Overview In mythology, the journey of a hero is an ancient and universal theme. In every culture from ancient Greece to China, Southeast Asia, and the Americas, heroes have embarked on life-altering journeys (Kurtti 1998: 11). Stuart Voytilla states that there are twelve stages to a hero’s journey and no matter what the purpose is for their journey, in the end the heroes or in this case heroine, share the same destination. It does not matter if the hero gains a kingdom or returns home with the elixir, as mythologist Alexander Eliot puts it, “he actually earns self-integration, balance, wisdom, and spiritual health” (Kurtti 1998: 11). One of the most renowned and beloved of these “wandering heroes” says Kurtti, is a young woman named Mulan. It is a story that is well known in China and has been told from generation to generation. “Mulan” is a Disney animated film based on an ancient Chinese folktale about a brave young woman who is faced with the terrible dilemmas of war during ancient China. She is not like any of the other Disney heroines, such as Cinderella or Ariel from the “Little Mermaid”. You do not see her daydreaming or looking for her “Prince Charming” in the film. All she wanted to do was to please and honor her family. But every time she tried, it seemed as though she was destined to fail. She also had one simple motivation and that was to save her father from having to serve in the Imperial Army. So when the emperor sent his orders to the...

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The Hero

...Construction of the Hero Cara O’Keefe The construction of the ‘Hero’ is one every writer should consider. The hero or protagonist is designed to keep the narrative moving and whose actions create progress for the plot (Morrow et al, 1997). Pearson (2001, p. 101) defines hero’s as “fearless protagonists who realise their own special power and go on to take great personal risks in order to change their reality. In day-to-day life, these powerful archetypes provide a structure that can release the ability of ordinary people to rise to challenges, take risks, break rules, and transform their lives”. There are many ways of defining what a hero is and what a protagonist is. A hero is usually the protagonist but this is not always the case and vice versa. For clarification purposes within this analysis a protagonist or hero is a character who drives the narrative and plot and who embarks upon a learning journey that changes them. A writer’s construction of the hero will Is this Essay helpful? Join OPPapers to read more and access more than 325,000 just like it! get better grades be analysed using examples from Kate Grenville’s Lilian’s Story, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Stephen King’s Carrie in comparison to Joseph Campbell’s (1949, p. 36) “destiny of Everyman” by firstly illuminating who the hero’s and protagonist’s are, how the character of the hero has been portrayed and how their journey’s compare. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code construction of the......

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Heros

...they done? What makes one father a Hero for going to work and another father doing the same job just a good guy? Why aren’t there more women recognized as Heroes? If the goal is to label all of your favorite people as Heroes then how do we label those who go above and beyond? These questions have cause long debates in certain military and civilian arenas. Growing up my father was never around. My mother had worked two some times three jobs to support us. Often-going weeks with out spending quality time as a family. Other kids my age would talk about how their dads were their Hero and how they could throw a football a hundred miles. My mother surely could not do this; she didn’t have the time or energy to learn how to throw that far. She was no Hero by definition but she was by mine. My plate was always full, my cloths and school supplies were always taken care of, and she kept a roof over our heads. It was Superbowl Sunday 2001; the guys had stayed up all night to watch the game in Germany. It was one of many sporting events that red-blooded Americans had to watch. It was treated like a holiday but with blood, sweat, and cheerleaders. As the game played on and the beer began to take effect someone yelled out “now that’s a real American Hero right there.” Quickly my eyes glanced at the TV to try and see what amazing feat had been accomplished. Only to see that a player had a few tackles and blocked a few passes. Is this all it took to be a Hero? No way, it couldn’t be......

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Hero

...Hero A hero is one who places himself or herself at great risk while performing acts of courage. Not only is Beowulf a hero because of his physical strength, but rather than basking in the resulting glory, he gives the glory to God.  Beowulf is the ultimate hero who put his life on the line for an entire kingdom. Beowulf's heroism can be seen when he takes 14 of the bravest in his land to go help Hrothgar.  Hrothgar was Beowulf's father's close friend who had been plagued by attacks for twelve years that threatened an entire kingdom.  Beowulf did not have to offer Hrothgar's kingdom help, but does so because he wants to uses his God given strength to the best of his ability.  As soon as Beowulf heard of the troubles in this land he set sail immediately.  Beowulf continues to show his thankfulness by thanking God for giving them safe travel across the sea.  Beowulf is lead to Hrothgar and offers him is services.   Beowulf is asked by the warriors to tell of his past defeats while eating in Hrothgar's palace.  Beowulf is already a hero to the people of this land for he is about to rid them of their enemy. As an ultimate hero, Beowulf decides, to be far, he will not use weapons in his battle against Grendel since Grendel reputedly does not use them. "I do not consider myself a lesser fighter than Grendel does himself; therefore I will not kill him with a sword, and deprive him of life in that way.... No, this night we two will abstain from swords..." That......

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Mulan

...Mulan Archetypes In the movie Mulan, the character Mulan embodies a couple very significant archetypes. One major archetype she embodies is the hero. She is the hero of the movie because she saved china from being taken over. She first started to become a hero when she snuck out of her house the night before her farther was supposed to leave for war. She put on her fathers armor and left for war. The whole time she was in war she convinced the other soldiers that she was a man. When the Huns attacked china Mulan was a hero because she saved all of the soldiers by shooting a cannon into a mountain top creating an avalanche which stopped the Huns. She also becomes a hero at the end of the movie when the Huns return to china and almost overtake the emperor, but Mulan once again saved them all by leading the soldiers to take down Shan Yu and the Huns. The other archetype that Mulan embodies in the movie is the Scapegoat. She is the scapegoat because her father was supposed to got to war with the soldiers even though he was old and hurt. He could hardly walk but was going to suck it up for his country. Mulan couldn’t watch her father go knowing he probably wouldn’t make it back. So she took his responsibility and went to war. She also took his suffering away from his because she ended up getting stabbed and injured. She did it all for her father and that is why she embodies the hero and scapegoat archetypes in the movie...

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Hero

...MY HERO There are various characteristics before one can be considered as a hero. Some say a hero is selfless, doing his best in a time of need. They have compassion, putting other’s need before their own. They can sacrifice so that others can be better off. They are willing to give up something personal to achieve something greater for everybody. A hero is courageous, willing to face his fears, and meet them head on. They also possess an important skill which makes it possible to face overwhelming odds. Considering these, I can proudly say that my parents are my hero. Even though they didn’t sacrifice for everybody, they did sacrifice a lot to provide for our family. They were an inspiration for their children. They are very much concerned about our well-being. They live by their values and they are patiently teaching these values to us. They are very persistent. Bearing in mind the individual characteristics of my parents, my father is a man of few words. He sets the rules for us. It’s a very crucial decision especially we are all girls. I admire him for being a strict but at the same time a cool father to us. I grew up respecting his every judgment and learning how to listen in everything he says. Because of him, I learned how to be a disciplined and well-rounded lady. On the other hand, my mother is a lively and cheerful lady. She’s really the light of our household. She takes care of everything, from the needs of our father and to the demands of her three......

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Mulan Hero Paper

...more determined and stronger than women? A woman who has proven that this wrong is Hua Mu Lan. Mulan is worthy of the title “hero” because she was an inspirational, courageous and unselfish warrior. In ancient China, women were not allowed to join the army, because society thought women were not as capable as men. Mulan proved them wrong. She was able to stay in the army for ten years disguised as a man. She was successful in battle and she made important contributions to her country. More importantly, she inspired society to empower women. One of Mulan’s most significant and inspirational qualities was that she was courageous all throughout her life. To honor her country, she joined the army. If her masquerade had been exposed, it would have resulted in the death penalty. Yet she mounted her steed and went into battle, while risking her life many times. Mulan was able to hold fort against an invading army. Many of her foes fell before her. At the palace of Chang’an, she was recognized as the bravest of knights.  Mulan is a hero not only because she was courageous; she was unselfish too. The incident which best attests to this trait was this: after returning in triumph from war, the emperor offered her a promotion in top ranks and whatever she desired. Mulan refused such an enviable future and simply asked to be returned home.  This is why Hua Mu Lan deserves the title “hero”. She changed the views of society on women and held off many invading armies. She risked......

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Mulan

...more determined and stronger than women? A woman who has proven that this wrong is Hua Mu Lan. Mulan is worthy of the title “hero” because she was an inspirational, courageous and unselfish warrior. In ancient China, women were not allowed to join the army, because society thought women were not as capable as men. Mulan proved them wrong. She was able to stay in the army for ten years disguised as a man. She was successful in battle and she made important contributions to her country. More importantly, she inspired society to empower women. One of Mulan’s most significant and inspirational qualities was that she was courageous all throughout her life. To honor her country, she joined the army. If her masquerade had been exposed, it would have resulted in the death penalty. Yet she mounted her steed and went into battle, while risking her life many times. Mulan was able to hold fort against an invading army. Many of her foes fell before her. At the palace of Chang’an, she was recognized as the bravest of knights. Mulan is a hero not only because she was courageous; she was unselfish too. The incident which best attests to this trait was this: after returning in triumph from war, the emperor offered her a promotion in top ranks and whatever she desired. Mulan refused such an enviable future and simply asked to be returned home. This is why Hua Mu Lan deserves the title “hero”. She changed the views of society on women and held off many invading armies. She risked......

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In ancient Chinese history, there were lots of heroes, but most of them were men. The reason is that men's social status was higher than women's in the ancient time of China. Women couldn't join the army and were only allowed to do housework. They couldn't do anything except for staying at home. Hua Mulan should be recognized as a hero because she joined the all-male army to replace her father’s position. It was really hard for a woman to make this decision in ancient China. She is my hero because she showed filial obedience for her father, made a contribution to her country and was brave.

Hua Mulan joined the all-male army to show filial obedience for her father. It was not peaceful and there were many wars in ancient China, so the royal administration requested all the men to join the army. Mulan’s father also accepted the mission. Even though he was very old, he still wanted to protect his country. Mulan couldn't bear to see her father join the army like this because her father was too old to be in a war. She cut her hair and pretended to be a man. Long hair was very important for a woman in ancient China. They couldn't have short hair. By the way, she didn't want to marry because she wanted to look after her father. She was worried about her family because her father was too old and her brother was very young. She just cared about her family and never thought about herself. She was very kind-hearted and she decided to join the all-male army to replace her father's position.

Hua Mulan was a hero because of her courage. She was so brave that she could do something dangerous and difficult. She lived in the same camp with the other men. It would damage her reputation and it was bad for a woman, but she didn't care about this thing because she knew it was necessary. She had to consider herself as a man. She not only lived in the army, but also had the same training with the other men. It was very hard for a woman to do that. Mulan knew kung-fu and she was outstanding in her army, so her general asked her to fight against the leader of enemy by herself. She was very courageous and defeated her enemy easily. After that day, she became very famous and popular in her army. Everyone respected her for her courage and independence. She was the model of her army and her friends were learning from her.

Although Mulan was a woman, she wanted to make a contribution to her country. Mulan's father was very patriotic and she was like her father. She also wanted to protect her country. The weather was very bad when Mulan and her army fought against the enemy. It was windy and snowy, so they had to battle with the winds and snow. It was very hard, but she never gave up. Finally, they defeated the enemy and they recaptured their trench. She went to the palace in a hurry and she almost didn't sleep. She needed to look after the security of the emperor because the enemy would sneak attack at night. She tightened security at that night and she caught all the enemies in the end. The emperor was so happy that he decided to reward Mulan. But she didn't want anything except for going back home and looking after her family. Actually, Mulan broke the law at that time. As a woman, she couldn't join the army. If anyone discovered that she was a woman, she would be killed by the law. Even though it was very dangerous, she still wanted to protect her country and fight against the enemy.

Hua Mulan was a hero who showed filial obedience towards her father, wanted to make a contribution to her country and was brave. She was my hero not only did she have an outstanding personality, but also she would do anything which she thought was right. Even though she was a woman, she was an exceptional soldier. She was also so brave to join the all-male army to replace her father‘s position. Although it is very peaceful now, we don’t need to join the army like Mulan. We should still learn from her bravery and spirits. In our daily life, we need to focus on our studies and prepare for looking for a good job in the future. I believe that it is necessary for us to learn from her strengths. She will stay in my heart forever and I think that her spirit can encourage me to grow up to be a brave adult.

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