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The Hero's Journey At The Movies | A Self-Improvement Article And behold a pale horse... And the name that sat upon him was Death... And Hell followed with him Revelation 6:8 The Hero's Journey is embodied in movies such as "Pale Rider" with Clint Eastwood (riding a pale horse Womens Ziggy Ansah Jersey , no less!) and "Once Upon a Time in the West" with Charles Bronson. "Shane" and many other movies also fall into this category. Indeed the Hero's Journey is hammered out constantly by Hollywood and even the Romance story often has a Hero theme attached to it: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy suffers grief and loss, boy overcomes insurmountable obstacles to win back his lost love. Pure Hero Journey! David Janssen did it in the popular TV series, "The Fugitive". He was unjustly accused, he was on the run, he faced massive obstacles not only in staying ahead of the Law (the Villain) but in clearing his good name. He also managed to help people along the Way and leave behind a string of women! Pure Hero! There are many such movies, probably an endless string of them, but for some reason the Hero's Journey lends itself extraordinarily well to the Western. The Theme: Hero rides in, Hero saves the day Authentic Calvin Johnson Jersey , Hero rides out - usually leaving a broken heart or two behind. But a cold analysis such as this does not do it justice. There is an ethereal, almost other-worldly quality to these movies, especially the better ones. In many cases, but not all, the Hero appears out of nowhere. His past remains a mystery and of course he himself does not talk about it. He is the "Man with No Name". But some aspects of his past surface, almost unwittingly, as the movie progresses. For example, in Pale Rider, when Clint Eastwood has occasion to remove his shirt the audience can see the ugly holes in his back, where bullets had penetrated. Details of his Past are scant Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey , but one thing is clear: Clint, the Hero had Suffered. It also transpires - again revealed unwittingly - that Clint, the Hero, had been left for dead. For example, in Pale Rider the Arch Villain expresses dismay and shock when he finds out Eastwood is still alive. He says of Clint Eastwood, the Preacher, "It can't be. He's dead. I killed him". One can immediately see the parallel between Eastwood and Christ. Both Eastwood and Christ were Preachers, both suffered and both died. And both returned from the dead to do battle with their respective Demons. There is an underlying vengeance theme here. Clint, the Preacher and his "Killer" meet up again and there is the inevitable showdown, but it is not a vengeance movie. Clint has hung up his guns Authentic Matthew Stafford Jersey , he has Buried the Past and he has turned to the Bible. He literally has no gun for most of the movie. He had a violent past, that much is clear, but he has left that behind and replaced it with Preaching. But unfortunately for the Preacher, and fortunately for the audience, the violent Past catches up with Clint. This is a constant theme in Hero Journeys: the return of, or to, the Past, the Beginning… and the Righting of the Wrong, the Original Wrong. Also figuring strongly in Hero Journeys is the theme of the Hero Hanging-Up-His-Gun. But it is more than just "hanging up one's gun". The gun is the symbol of the past, a violent past Authentic Ameer Abdullah Jersey , and hanging-up-one's-gun is a symbol of Death. Death to the Past. The Hero puts it all behind him and turns to peaceful pursuits such as Preaching or cattle grazing or just plain retiring. But it is not the peaceful retirement and pleasant memories of a retired Pensioner. The Hero is Tortured by the Past and often turns to drink in an effort to obliterate the memories that surface insistently. Nonetheless the Hero at last achieve Peace, even if it is at the cost of the obliteration of his consciousness of the past. In short, it is the Peace of Death. And then there is a knock on the door... The Past catches up with the Hero and there is One More Job. A Big One. An Important One. Please help! But the Hero says, no. He has sworn away from Violence. He has found Peace and wants nothing more to do with Death and Destruction. But… People are suffering, and... Only he can help... It is of course a foregone conclusion that the Hero will take up his guns again and Reincarnate as the Deadly Killer that he once was. This is a critical juncture in the movie, you could almost say the whole move hinges on this reluctance of the Hero to take up his guns. It is because of this reluctance that he is a Hero; without this reluctance he is nothing but a gunslinger and the audience could not identify with him. But the reluctance to take up his guns has a more primal meaning. It portrays the Terrible Conflict that takes place within the Hero, within his Consciousness. He is a Killer by nature, ruthless, heartless, brutal Authentic Ziggy Ansah Jersey , but he has left that behind and gained some semblance of peace and now he is being asked to give up that peace of mind and return to his old ways in order to help out some people in trouble. This is a REAL conflict. This is what makes the Hero not just a Killer but a Man who, like each and everyone of us must face indecision and conflict and turmoil. It is this conflict that allows the audience to identify with him and forgive him the carnage he is about to unleash. But back to the story… There is a knock at the door, but… the Killer is no longer a Killer. He has retired, he is at peace and now he is being asked to SACRIFICE himself - his Peace - in order to help out his fellow humans. Such was the SACRIFICE that Christ undertook when he incarnated (took up his guns, as it were) and sacrificed himself for us. * In Pale Rider, Clint Eastwood helps out some gold miners. In Shane the Hero helps out some homesteaders. In Missionary Man, Dolph Lundgren helps out some Indians on a Reservation. A common theme here is that in no instance does the Hero seek violence for its own sake, and .

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