As highlighted in the previous blog post, The Hero's Journey, Part I, Joseph Campbell addressed the story of an ordinary person stepping up to an extraordinary journey. George Lucas used the concept for his epic Star Wars films.
Although this model was not followed whilst developing the story of Crushed, there are definitely similarities. The following first four stages of the Hero's Journey are addressed below with the correlation to the story of Crushed in italics (Note that there are spoilers so if you haven't read the book we recommend doing so before reading on):
1. THE ORDINARY WORLD. The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma. The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history. Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.
Grace thinks she sees her husband having an affair and she doesn't know what to do.
2. THE CALL TO ADVENTURE. Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change.
Brett tells her best friend, Grace, of a place she can go to get back her self-esteem and build her confidence - a secret retreat for discarded wives.
3. REFUSAL OF THE CALL. The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly. Alternately, another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead.
Even though Finedale sounds attractive Grace doesn't want to go without talking to her husband, Peter, first. When Peter doesn't respond Grace makes the personal decision to seek out her own truth.
4. MEETING WITH THE MENTOR. The hero comes across a seasoned traveler of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey. Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.
At Finedale Grace meets Lucille, the owner of the retreat. Grace admires her greatly and Lucille makes Grace her protege.
The next blog post will address Stages 5 through 8. Stay tuned!