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Assignment Questions

Analysis of the movie “Into the Wild”


In “Into the Wild”, Chris McCandless embarks on a journey very different from most of the characters we have met in our readings. First, using Vogel’s terms of journeys, what kind of Journey is Chris on? Can we define Chris as a traditional hero of the monomyth? What is the major flaw in doing so? And how is that flaw somewhat accounted for if we do give him hero status? Be sure to support your answers using not simply the film, but Campbell’s teachings.

The movie “Into the Wild” – not the book.
Vogel’s terms of Journeys (i-net search)
“The Hero With A Thousand Faces”, by Joseph Campbell

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