When one hears the word “hero,” many images may come to mind. Perhaps a popular choice would be a handsome prince, who rescues his damsel in distress from a fiery dragon with only a sword and a shield. Or another image may be that of a superhero, who uses his supernatural abilities to conquer evil and save the world. But what about Snow White? She is often thought of as a weak, delicate princess who is incapable of saving herself and in need of a hero to rescue her. This is not the case in the film Snow White and the Huntsman. By tracing the stages of the mythic hero’s journey as laid out in Joseph Campbell’s book entitled Hero with a Thousand Faces, it becomes clear that Snow White is indeed a heroine, called upon to save not only herself, but the kingdom she loves. According to Campbell, the first stage of the hero’s journey is the “call to adventure.” He says, “…the call rings up the curtain, always, on a mystery of transfiguration—a rite, or moment, of spiritual passage, which, when complete, amounts to a dying and a birth.” For Snow White, it is the death of the peaceful, happy life of hope and promise she once knew, and the birth of her new life as a hopeless captive in a dark and evil world. On their wedding night, Snow White’s father, King Magnus, is killed by his new bride who, unbeknownst to all, is an evil sorceress. Ravenna calls upon her dark army to kill all those in the castle and claims the throne, beginning a reign of terror over the people of Tabor. She throws Snow White into a dank, dark prison cell in one of the castle towers, where she is forsaken for many years. Throughout that time Snow White feels the burning of the call within her to defeat the evil Queen and restore the peace, prosperity, and hope Tabor once knew. When she comes of age, Snow White enters another stage of the hero’s journey by receiving “Supernatural Aid” (Campbell 69) as she finally commits to the quest she has been called upon to take. Campbell describes this stage by stating, “Having responded to his own call, and continuing to follow courageously as the consequences unfold, the hero finds all the forces of the unconscious at his side. Mother Nature herself supports the mighty task” (72). Mother Nature does indeed appear to help her in her quest by providing animals that both guide her and protect her from the forces of evil as she embarks on her journey. Birds, who are present throughout the film, suddenly become Snow White’s helpers by pointing out a loose nail outside her prison cell window. She uses this as a weapon, enabling her to escape her cell and run free. The birds appear again to show her the escape route from the castle just as the guards are closing in on her. Once Snow White is outside of the castle, they guide her to a place where a beautiful, strong, white stallion awaits her arrival to carry her safely out of reach of Ravenna’s dark army and into the Dark Forest. At every turn, the creatures of nature are there to help and guide Snow White, leading her from captivity to a place where she will finally be able to fulfill her destiny.…
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Nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars will be lost by 2015 from pirated content. With sites like The Pirate Bay and Kickass torrents making it as simple as a few clicks away, downloading illegal copies of music, TV shows, movies and other software has never been easier. In the second quarter of 2014, an estimated 10 billion movies, TV shows and many other files had been downloaded worldwide. Six percent of that was illegal downloads, 600 million illegal downloads…
Short Answers 3-2: Beijing, Here We Come!
1. The likelihood of Canada coming to an agreement with China can go both ways. The interest of their Chinese counterparts seems good especially since they traveled to the U.S. already to discuss a business proposition. The Canadians should definitely be prepared to wait and make several trips before the deal is completed.
“It starts with the language, but goes much deeper. We couldn’t do business on the phone or by fax. …..We had to do everything…
I Am Here
By: Brooke Drake
Don’t feel alone, I am here,
I am the sun that shines every day,
I am the leaves falling in autumn,
I am the rain that falls so gracefully,
I am the snow that falls lightly,
Don’t feel alone, I am here.
By: Brooke Drake
Each drop falls gracefully,
The rain dances and sings a song,
A song of beauty, a song of life,
Tink… tink… a song fills the air,
The earth cries….
The sky tears, tears up to this world,
Tink… Tink… the song fills…
truant“The truant lady gets ‘em here ’cause she threatens’ ’em with the sheriff, but she’s give up tryin’ to hold ‘em”(36).
n. a student who stays away from school without leave or explanation
diminutive“He was among the most diminutive of men, but when Burris Ewell turned toward him, Little Chuck’s right hand went to his pocket”(36).
adj. extremely or unusually small
tiny, minuscule, undersize
begrudges“I don’t know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children…
Why am I here?
I did not choose business; business chose me. From kindergarten through grade twelve, I have always been asked the same question, “What do you want to do with your life?” My mind had always changed from a cashier to an orthodontist, a teacher to a minister, and finally a translator to the founder of a non-profit organization. The careers I had picked were always diverse, but the one thing they had in common was working with individuals.
For as long as I can remember I have always…
what are we here for?
iPad Writes a New Game Plan for Concussions
March 25, 2014
To help diagnose sports-related concussions, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is using an iPad app that can measure and monitor symptoms moments after an athlete gets hurt. With iPad and the C3 Logix app, trainers can visualize…
NPR Shows And Newscasts Now Available On iTunes Radio
March 24, 2014
Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other shows are now available via a new 24-hour NPR streaming station…
The speaker here describes a mysterious “They” as trying to limit her to writing in prose (“They shut me up in Prose –“). She compares this to when, as a child (“As when a little Girl”), she was put in the closet in an effort to keep her still and quiet (“They put me in the Closet -- / Because they liked me ‘still’ – “).
She then scoffs at this idea—“Still!”—because if they had been able to see inside her mind while she was in there (“Could themself have peeped -- / And seen my Brain – go round…
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