Masters Thesis

The religious hero's journey in selected cinema

Campbell’s monomyth or hero’s journey provides a template for many artists, including filmmakers. In this thesis, the hero’s journey as portrayed in seven religiously themed films is examined. It is shown that the structure of the journey is the same in both Christian and Buddhist traditions, but the special knowledge gained by the hero is derived from the film’s cultural milieu. Going beyond the stereotypical monomyth, creative mythology allows filmmakers and their audiences to generate new mythologies that help to give their lives meaning in the modern, pluralistic world.