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Media Through Time An Incredible Story: Relating Modern Disney Heroes to Ancient Archetypes
Heroes are not heroes simply because someone says they are. Heroes are heroes because they have faced a series of events that build character and test their strength. The Greek character Odysseus is one such hero, torn from his family and desperately trying to find his way back. He is, however, just one hero among many. Even today, heroes face the same basic conflicts and confrontations with which Odysseus dealt. In the case of Mr. Incredible from the Disney movie The Incredibles, the parallels between the heroes are striking.
The Call In Odysseus’ case, the call comes in the form of leaving home to do battle with Troy over Helen. For Mr. Incredible, the call comes when the “super hero” goes into hiding following a daring deed that did more harm than good. The call is the first step in any hero’s journey.
Allies A key part to any hero’s journey, allies help the hero prepare for and complete his or her journey. Odysseus is aided in his journey by people and gods alike. His crew plays a huge part in helping him return to Ithaca, and later the Phaiacians, Alcinoos, Nausicaa, Aiolos, Hermes, and Teiresias do as well. Even Circe and Calypso offer aid after keeping him for nine years between them. Once he reaches home, Odysseus is helped by three loyal servants. And, of course, no one could forget his ever-watchful companion, the goddess Athena.
Allies (con’t) Mr. Incredible also receives help from a plethora of people. Aiding him in his journey back to heroism and fame at various times in said journey are his friend and fellow hero, Frozone, the “designer to the supers,” Edna Mode, his family, and friend-turned-enemy- turned-friend Mirage who helps Mr. Incredible escape his enemy’s lair.
Crossing the Threshold The crossing of the threshold represents the official commencement of the hero’s journey. Odysseus’ crossing occurs when he leaves Troy and sets off for Ithaca. Mr. Incredible’s crossing occurs when he receives a message and begins acting like a superhero again.
Road of Trials The road of trials is comprised of the majority of the obstacles thrown into the hero’s path. The trials may seem like they last forever, but without them, the hero would not have the character to live up to his or her potential. Odysseus faces trouble wherever he goes. On various islands he finds roadblocks like the lotus- eaters and the cyclops. On other islands he finds people who convince him to stay for a time, like Circe and Calypso. On the sea Odysseus is battered by Poseidon’s storm and comes face-to-face with dangers like the sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis.
Road of Trials (con’t) Mr. Incredible largely faces a series of increasingly more high-tech robots designed by his enemy Syndrome. Like Odysseus escaped Polyphemos by stabbing the monster in the eye, Mr. Incredible destroys the first of the robots by taking out its eye. (Clips open in separate window.) Later, he is locked up in Syndrome’s lair underneath his private island.stabbing the monster in the eyetaking out its eye Later, he is locked up in Syndrome’s lair underneath his private island.
Saving Experience/Gift Odysseus’ saving experience is represented by the Phaiacians aid in finally returning him to Ithaca. A people who regularly offer transport across water, they finally bring to fruition Odysseus’ main goal of two decades. Mr. Incredible is helped by Mirage when he is trapped as Syndrome’s captive. Following this, he is reunited with his family, albeit they are temporarily trapped again.
The Return After many long, unanticipated years, Odysseus returns home only to find his home overrun with suitors hoping to woo his reluctant wife. Disguised as a beggar, he deals with the suitors by triumphing in a competition of skill with a bow and arrow and proceeds to slay all who disrespected him, his family, and his home.competition of skill with a bow and arrow
The Return (con’t) Mr. Incredible’s return comes when he leaves the island via hijacked rocket and returns to, with help from family and friends, save the city from Syndrome’s latest robot run amuck. save the city
Sharing the Gift Ultimately in both stories, the final gift is peace. Odysseus, after killing his near-usurpers, comes to peace with their families and the people of Ithaca, thanks largely to Athena’s intervention. The city inhabited by the Incredibles has its heroes and constant protection back. All ends well for all.
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