Monday, July 29, 2013

the hero

Indiana jones and the temple of doom is about After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. Indiana jones follow the article Creating the Myth By Linda Seger. This is a search stories. They address our desire to find some kind of rare and wonderful treasure. The search for outer values such as job, relationship, or success, or for inner values such as respect,security, self expression, love, or home. Indiana Jones has all this factor that the crating the myth was talking about. Jones has the mission that all the hero go through and Jones repeat the what the hero has to do. We see the journey the make Indiana a myth  hero.

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.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Renaissance of Heroes

                Throughout the article, “Creating the Myth” the author Linda Seger really breaks down to how and why adventurous movies like are famous out there; and the reason being that is because they are based on classic cultural myths and cliches. According to Seger, these old cliches have been so legendary for quite a while is because they are based on our own life experiences which deal with not exactly, but the similar everyday tasks we face in our lives. These typical, average everyday heroes are living similar lives as us and trying to achieve similar goals; allowing us to relate to them. We especially identify ourselves with the hero's role because almost everyone possesses an inner need to become this champion; to be recognized as somebody who really and truly means something to the world. With these myths, we can live that experience through the protagonist's voyage.
An example of this would be the all-time classic movie known as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is in action in his newest adventure. But along the way, he teams up with a night club singer named Willie Scott and a young Chinese kid named Short Round. The story follows Indiana Jones adventure through India to recover a sacred stone stolen from a small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen by a religious cult intending to harness its power, along with four others, to establish the reign of their god in place of all others. This movie basically defines what becoming a hero is when searching for treasure, saving the life of a beautiful woman and old fashioned butt-kicking action with his foreign side-kick.  And while Seger focuses on throughout her article, we are very connected to these extraordinary heroes and because we make a strong connection to them, we want to keep looking into them and watching what they have to offer. They know exactly what to make of the heroes because this is what they view themselves as.
               In addition to this article, Seger puts forward that myths are basically the same story over and over again. And although the stories in each one of the Indiana Jones' series may, and the trials Indy goes through, but what they don’t change is that these myths come from our experiences. They deal with the journeys that people take in real life. This is why many people find it easy to relate to people such as him. According to Seger, the reason these myths are used is because a myth is something we can all relate too. We in our everyday lives compare this storyline to our vacations or maybe just a weekend away. We as the audience love and feed off of these series because we can always compare it to a love we have lost or still have; therefore making the myth more than just a story to each and every one of us.

Indy friendlier than Quatermain?

During the watching of Indiana Jones, I found it completely relevant to King Solomon's Mines. Both are the epitome of boys adventure stories'. In Indiana Jones main character Mr. Jones was a tough, smart, and handsome individual. He was what all young boys dream to become.  Although in King Solomon's Mines Quatermain possessed some flaws and wasn't as good hearted or heroic as Jones was. Both stories had a "Magic Negro" character, Umbopa in KSM and Short Round in Indiana Jones. Short Round was of the Asian race, but still fit the "Magic Negro" stereotype. The fact that he was accompanying a white race and was helping in the journey, he was still in a lower role. Short Round was respected better than Umbopa was in KSM. Noticing that a female was not quite included in any love affair in KSM, Indiana Jones had one of the main character Willie play Jones's lover and company in the journey. She was portrayed as a "dumb blonde" stereotype. She was a high maintenance whinny individual that wasn't very respected. Willie was a beautiful individual in the interest of males. I enjoyed watching the movie better than KSM because Indiana Jones was more targeted for the good and promotes less violence. 

Is Looking the same thing as Noticing? Indiana Jones/KSM

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a movie about Indiana going on a voyage with sidekick/best friend Shorty and singer Willie from China to India. In the beginning Indiana traded a diamond for a valuable to the man in china, but was swindled immediately through the china man poisoning Jones. Through greed by singer Willie, she went for the diamond, and Jones for the antidote. After much of a ruckus, they found themselves almost crashing on the escape plane that they hijacked to get away from the china leader, and landed in India. Once landing in India, the people told Indiana and company that they were the chosen ones to help them return a magic rock in Pankton to bring prosperity to their land. After the romance of Jones and Willie and the epic battle scenes with Indiana and the people of Pankton, Jones was able to bring prosperity to the people of India. The water was clean as opposed to Sand, the children that were taken away from their parents were returned safely, and their means of food supply would return to them again. Through the entire journey of Pankton, Jones, Willie and Shorty found out the true meaning of magic, power, and most of all Love for one another. As Willie would depart from Jones, and to my knowledge Shorty with Jones, Jones would rest for the moment until the next over seemingly impossible challenge awaited him.

How Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom related to Kings Solomons Mines in that they went on an adventure looking for something as well, and in the end had basically the same end result. The end result in KSM like the Indiana Jones movie is that they both main characters learned something. To look for something is one thing, but finding something because you notice all along the overall goal is another. If the overall goal is clear yet, then is looking the same thing as noticing, or does it turn into noticing. Their were clues given to both main characters in both the Indian Jones movie and KSM, but was it observation (Noticing) that led to the end of the journey or was it going with the flow (Looking) looking at a travel guide that led to the end of the book/movie.