The Hero's Journey In The Movie 'Moneyball'

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The hero’s journey is a pattern of storytelling that was common to the many stories about the mythological Greek Heroes. Even though this story type originated from Greek Mythology, the pattern is 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 their team, and as a result, they could not afford to pay many of their star players after the 2001 season. After Beane lost many of his most talented players without getting any money to replace them, he realized that he would need to adopt a new strategy to win games with players who demanded low salaries. Accordingly, Beane decided to adopt the new strategy of “moneyball,” and the following of this new strategy represents Beane’s embarkment onto an adventure where his main goal is to bring a world series to the Oakland Athletics. The use of moneyball represented a change from conventional team management, to something completely untested and highly scrutinized by others. This 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. Beane’s use of moneyball to pursue the world series title followed the basic structure of a hero’s journey. It contained a road of trials, with each one threatening Beane’s job

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