Our first assignment for our New Narratives module is a presentation on Christopher Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey! The class was divided into groups of four, I am in a group with,Lydia McDowell , Nuala McGarry and Maggie McDermott .
Our team was given three chapters:
Stage Five: Crossing the First Threshold
Stage Six: Tests, Allies, Enemies
Stage Seven: Approach to the Inmost Cave
We decided to divide the chapters amongst the group Lydia is doing Stage Five: Crossing the First Threshold, Nuala is doing Stage Six: Tests, Allies and Enemies and we have split the last chapter, Stage Seven: Approach to the Inmost Cave into two because there is just SO much information in it that we felt that two people needed to tackle it. So this chapter is being done by Maggie and myself.
After having read this chapter a few times to really get the grasp of what it was saying a few films came to mind that linked well to its message.
The Lion King (1994)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
“Heroes can expect the villain’s headquarters to be defended with animal-like ferocity.”- Christopher Vogler
I felt that this linked well to both The Lion King and the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In the Lion King when Simba returns to pride rock to find it in ruins after Scar’s reign and it is heavily guarded by the hyenas and in the Hobbit when the Arcenstone is being guarded by Smaug (the dragon).
Who is the hero?
For this subsection of the chapter I decided to talk about the character of Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 where he steps out to speak in front of Voldemort. Vogler talks about recalibration of the team and the changing of who the hero necessarily ends up being. Although Neville is not the hero I feel as though this was an out of character ‘heroic act’ and was definitely worth mentioning.
Get into your opponents mind
“Heroes may also put on disguises to conceal their real intentions.”-Christopher Vogler
For this I again referenced The Lion King, particularly the scene in which Timon and Pumbaa dress up to distract the hyenas so that Simba can get passed. Vogler also talks about how this is the last chance to include a joke before the story reaches its ‘serious’ point.
Breakthrough, No Exit
Vogler talks about how the hero has to overcome some sort of fear or resistance in order to reach the threshold of the innermost cave. I used another scene from the Lion King whereby Simba is dangling from Pride Rock and has to overcome the physical barrier (Scar standing over him) before he can continue his journey.
We had our presentation today! Nerve wrecking…
Everyone in our group did really well! Although I am definitely struggling with presentations and it’s something that I am really trying to get better at. The practice is really helping so hopefully I’ll get to the point where I can comfortably stand in front of a room full of people and speak.