Billy Beane 'Hero's Journey In Moneyball'

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The hero’s journey is a pattern of storytelling that is common in many stories about the mythological Greek Heroes. Even though this story type was prevalent in Greek Mythology, the pattern is still commonly used in modern stories. Take for example the movie Moneyball. In this movie, Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, followed the hero’s journey. The Athletics had very little money to spend on the team, and in order to make up for this, Beane decided to adopt the new strategy of “moneyball.” The use of moneyball represented Beane’s adventure within the hero’s journey, as at this point he entered a new and uncertain realm of baseball management where failure came with the risk of ending Beane’s career as a general manager. This “adventure” followed the basic structure of a hero’s journey. It contained a road of trials, with three distinct challenges threatening Beane’s job with the Oakland Athletics. Within this road of trials, there are many more elements of the hero’s journey. There was a clear crossing of the first threshold, a time Beane officially entered the realm of “adventure” or moneyball, as well as metaphorical representations of meeting a woman temptress and atonement with a father figure. The primary element of the hero’s journey, which was demonstrated throughout Moneyball, was the road of trials that Bill Beane faced. The road of trials is a series of tests which threaten the success of the hero’s adventure, each of which should
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