2001: A Space Odyssey as a Hero’s Journey
Chloe O’Connor Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey can be considered something of a pseudo-hero’s journey story, with a greater focus on the ultimate reason the hero must make their journey. In this iteration of the hero’s journey, humankind is the hero. The quest they must depart on is evolution to a higher form through Dave Bowman’s individual journey, though he is certainly not the ultimate hero, merely the catalyst for the hero to truly be heroic. While 2001 certainly does not follow the traditional structure of a hero’s journey, it may still be considered to be so, as evolution of the hero is central to the idea of the hero’s journey and this is unmistakably a story of metamorphosis. For …show more content…
The ordinary world is introduced first in part two mainly through the actions of Dr. Heywood Floyd, a scientist on the verge of a discovery that may well alter humanity’s perception of life. The monolith, or TMA-1, proves itself to be the first sign of extraterrestrial intelligent life. When this is realized, humanity has officially crossed the threshold from the ordinary world, to a new one (another facet of the hero’s journey). Part two provides the reader insight into the ordinary world. Marked differenced can be observed between the ordinary world and the world that exists in the following sections. For example, family plays an integral part of Ordinary World Life. Close, loving families make their life on the moon, have children (such as Halvorsen’s daughter), grow food, and complete the tasks humans need to survive. The author presents these residents of the ordinary world as far more human than he does those residents of the world after. Even Dr. Floyd, who arguably is the one to harken in the new age with his research on the monolith takes time to make a call to earth from his spaceship about such mundane things as a tennis tournament and his video player. However the threshold is crossed from old to new world at the end of part two when, …show more content…
It is in this part of the story that Clarke strays farthest from the traditional hero’s journey structure. The hero does not get a return home, in the traditional sense. Rather, Bowman, and thus the entire human race, evolve into something greater than they could ever have been before. Going back home entails a regression; a return to the old way of life. Insteadhumanity moves on to something new and better. However, upon making contact with the alien species, Bowman gets a simulated return home in a fabricated room in space made to resemble earth and a rush of memories from his life. The author does this to both give Bowman a last look at what he has left behind and to show him how it pales in comparison to what is to
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The archetypal Hero’s Journey is a pattern found in literature throughout many novels. In the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien it shows a hobbits’ journey through a tough world on a quest to defeat a dragon. The hobbits’ name is Bilbo, and he and his acquaintances undergoe many trials and obstacles trying to reach the dragon. The novel A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin is about a dog who started out in a shed and is trying to survive out in the world as a stray. The dog’s name at birth was Squirrel, she withstands many trials such as fights and injuries with her companions.
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In 2001 A Space Odyssey the characters undergo significant transformations, sometimes spectacularly, other times in deep and humbling decisions. Transcending space time, self-awareness of a machine, and willing self-isolation are all transformations observed in this text. I will examine Bowman’s descent into the Japetus monolith, HAL and the hibernation pods, and Bowman as he descends into isolation. The first fundamental transformation in 2001 is when David Bowman passes through the Star Gate on Japetus.
He leaves his world of comfort behind to journey into the unknown, accepts a call of adventure, undergoes several tasks and trials that test his character, and ultimately ends his journey to return home. His dedication to his allies and diligence to his morality exemplify a true mythological
In literature, a common process for the protagonist to go through is to go on a journey in order for them to develop as a character and to further the story as a whole. This idea of a character’s journey is notably seen in Homer’s The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and Voltaire’s Candide. All three of these texts depict not only the protagonist going through a journey, but they also depict in very different ways these characters use their abilities to overcome obstacles in their path and learn from their mistakes to show their individual character development. In The Odyssey, Inferno, and Candide, Odysseus, Dante and Candide show three different ways how ????????
When creating a story, many great minds will use a pattern to enthrall readers and shape them into a hero. Established by Joseph Campbell, The Hero 's Journey is the iconic template many utilize to plan their imaginative tale. The Hero’s Journey is the cycle in which the protagonist ventures into an unknown world where he or she will go through a series of adventures and learn moral lessons. Heroes in ancient myths such as Homer 's epic poem, The Odyssey follows this formula since the protagonist, Odysseus, faces hardships throughout different regions that ultimately change his once arrogant character. Throughout Homer 's monomyth, Odysseus undergoes challenges that teach him the importance of humility.
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The narrator begins to change as Robert taught him to see beyond the surface of looking. The narrator feels enlightened and opens up to a new world of vision and imagination. This brief experience has a long lasting effect on the narrator. Being able to shut out everything around us allows an individual the ability to become focused on their relationships, intrapersonal well-being, and
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