Ms. Gokturk                                                                DUE: _____________________



Independent Film Assignment



View one or more films that present a hero on a heroic journey.  Answer the questions below in essay format. Please submit your final draft to by the due date.


  1. What qualities does the hero possess that make him/her heroic?
  2. How, if at all, does he/she deviate from the Greek Hero definition?
  3. Using the HEROIC JOURNEY as a guideline, map out the hero’s journey. Be sure to provide details which explain each part clearly.
  4. What role does outside intervention (supernatural, wised elder, witch, etc.) play in allowing the hero to be successful in his quest? Would the hero have been successful on his/her own?
  5. A hero’s journey can be seen either as an adventure or as a psychological journey.  How can your hero story be interpreted to reveal archetypes?





Fantasy: Lord of the Rings, Willow, Labyrinth, Never Ending Story, Wizard of Oz, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


Sci Fi: Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, Cocoon, Mad Max, The Matrix, Alien,


Romantic Hero:  Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, Troy


Vigilantes:  Rambo, Die Hard, Terminator


Superheroes:  Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Xmen, Fantastic Four, Hancock, Iron Man, The Hulk, Bolt


Animation: Meet the Robinsons, The Incredibles, Hercules