The Hero’s Journey is a structure that people follow to either write or tell a great story. To respect this structure, you need to respect its characters and its plot elements. There are four main characters in the Hero’s Journey. There’s a Hero, the person’s story we follow. There’s a Character of consequence, the person who motivates the Hero throughout his Journey. There’s a Villain, the Hero’s worst enemy. And finally, to make a great story, you need a Sage. The Sage is the person who helps the Hero by giving him advice or by becoming his mentor.
The plot elements are founded on 10 main points:
1. The Hero’s at rest, meaning he hasn’t begun his quest yet, usually starts at the intro.
2. The Hero is called to action, the hero has a reason to start his quest, usually because of the Character of consequence.
3. The Hero starts its quest but with hesitation.
4. The Villain meets the Hero.
5. The first battle between the Hero and the Villain.
6. The Hero gets defeated.
7. The Hero rebuilds himself with the help of the Sage.
8. The second battle between the Villain and the Hero.
9. Villain gets defeated.
10. The Hero finally retires, his journey, his quest is over.
The Karate Kid is my example of a Hero’s Journey. Let me show you why.
Hero at rest
The Karate Kid is about a kid named Dre Parker. Dre Parker moved from Chicago to China. Getting used to the area, he went to the park and made a good friend.
Hero called to action
At the park, Dre saw a girl that caught his attention and wanted to impress her, he’s called to action because his goal was to impress the girl and that’s when his adventure started. In this case, the girl became the Character of consequence.
Hero reluctance acceptance
Still new in the area, he hesitated to impress the girl, but in the end his friend convinced him to try his best to impress her.
Villain and Hero meet
The girl’s so called-lover, Cheng, was jealous that Dre was talking to her, so he confronted the girl in front of Dre, which made everything uncomfortable.
Dre tried to calm the situation which aggravated Cheng, so he pushed Dre out of the scene and that’s how the first battle started.
Cheng knowing Kung-Fu destroyed Dre during the first battle.
Rebuilding stage with the Sage
Dre was so ashamed that he lost in front of the girl. For him, the solution was to gain the respect of Cheng. Luckily for him, M. Han, the plumber that was working in Dre’s residence, was a Kung-Fu master, so Dre asked him if M. Han could become his mentor, and he said yes.
M. Han trained Dre to join a tournament in which Cheng participated. Dre and Cheng won all their battles, and both reached the finals of the tournament. It was the last fight between them.
It was an intense fight, but in the end, Dre beat Cheng.
Hero retires, the end of his journey
By beating Cheng, he impressed the girl and gained respect from him, so he didn’t need to fight anymore, because he completed his quest.
The Hero’s Journey in this movie is very interesting because it brings out all the emotions that you can experience in real life. One of the reasons why I think that the Hero’s Journey is very effective, is because it’s easier to see the message or the moral of the story.