Monday, July 29, 2013

College professor by day, Hero by night.

In the movie Indiana Jones Temple of Doom we see heroism at it’s finest. We see a ordinary average school teacher turn into one of our fantasy and that is to be a hero. I remember reading about this topic in a article by Linda Seger and why we watch so many hero movies.
      Seger discusses in “Creating the Myth” the concept of heroism and why millions of people see a film over again. She states in her theory that heroism has been traced all the way back to many centuries ago. The reason movies involving heroes are so popular is because they are based something we all can identify with whether it's descriptive or prescriptive. Seger's states out many different points on how and why the fans get so attached to the hero's. According to the author we can relate with them through our on our own life experiences which deal with tasks we face every day. Like school, work, family, love. The average hero start off living similar lives like us allowing us to relate to them.
      In the movie we see Indiana Jones a regular school professor transforms into a superhero. First Indiana and crew go to the village and are told by the creepy guy, that some they have to save their town. The village elders ask Indian to get back the sacred rock. Indiana declines and asks for a guide to Delhi. Until Indy gets dollar signs in his eyes and agrees to get the sacred rock back. Indy get helps from the mentor herald. But of course the hero must face evil. During dinner, Indy asks about an evil cult who sacrificed people to their god, and causing him to pisses off his host. Then in the movie the hero is in trouble when Indy is drugged into tricked to the evil cult. They tried to make him killer the lovely singer who accompanied him on the journey. But thanks to his little sidekick breaking free him shining the fire in Indy eyes causing him to awake up and save the singer and grab the rock to bring back to the village. At the end he saved the day and learned a lesson and let’s not forgets, He gets the girl, the kid, and knowledge.
     Once there is a connection between the character and the person watching they are drawn to them. We identify ourselves with the hero's because most people want to be the hero in the story, the want to be the one everyone looks up to, the person who saves the day and gets the girl. That's why people write these myths so we can experience them even for a couple of hours.

1 comment:

  1. From your title, I thought you had written a post about me ;-)

    Not a bad post, but you could have gone into more detail about how Indy hits the hero archetype that Seger decribes.