Finding Nemo Monomyth Essay

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Monomyth/Hero’s Journey Essay In 1949, Joseph Campbell came up with the idea of the Monomyth, which is the idea that every character in literature and in movies goes through a cycle from their “Known World” through the “Initiation” and eventually return to their “Known World” after learning a life lesson which changes their outlook on life. Joseph Campbell stated, “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” This means that you have to be able to take a risk to get a reward in life. A movie that is a perfect example of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth is the 2003 film, “Finding Nemo,” in which the main character Marlin is forced to overcome his fear of the ocean, when his son Nemo is taken by divers off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In the Pixar film, Finding Nemo, the main character Marlin is afraid of the ocean but his son Nemo wants to go to school, this is what is called “The Known World” in the Hero’s Journey. Marlin is very over protective of his son since Nemo is his only son because when Nemo was an egg, Marlin’s wife Coral and the rest of Nemo’s brother and sisters were killed by a barracuda. This is what caused Marlin’s fear of the open ocean. Marlin and Nemo live in a sea anemone on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Nemo is very curious of the open ocean. However due to Marlin’s fear of the ocean, he is resistant about Nemo going to school. He then lets Nemo go to school with Mr. Ray. Mr. Ray brings the kids to the “drop off”, when the other parents tell Marlin the children are going to the “drop off”, Marlin lets his fear of the ocean get the best of him and he goes to the “drop off” to bring Nemo home. When Marlin arrives at the “drop off” he learns that his son Nemo is swimming out into the open ocean to go and touch the “butt”. Before Nemo makes it back to his father, divers appear and take

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