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Aladdin Hero Journey
Transcript of Aladdin Hero Journey
By: Jessica Moore, Ali Kinard, Casey Taylor, Peyton Lindsay, & Mark Milleman
Call To Adventure
Crossing the Threshold
Aladdin crosses the threshold when he enters the Cave of Wonders; it is an unknown world to him and it is the start of his adventure.
Aladdin faces challenges in the cave when he cannot touch the treasure, but luckily finds the magic carpet to aid him. However, he also becomes trapped in the cave after Jafar attempts to kill him and Abu. With the help of the Genie, they
are able to escape.
Aladdin was orphaned at age two and received no education, leaving him to learn his own ways on the streets. He steals food only to survive, but often gives it to those even less fortunate than he is. He is considered a "diamond in the rough" because his selflessness and nobility are hidden by his "street rat" appearance.
Aladdin receives his call to adventure when he gets caught stealing and is arrested. In jail he meets an old man, who is really a sorcerer in disguise. He tells Aladdin that he will free him but that there is a price: Aladdin must find a lamp that is in "The Cave of Wonders" and bring it to him. The old sorcerer promises Aladdin riches if he can return with the lamp.
Aladdin's helpers are the Genie and his pet monkey Abu. The Genie serves as Aladdin's guide and protective figure on his journey and Abu is his loyal sidekick, who sticks with him from the beginning.
Aladdin also fights
for the love of
Princess Jasmine and
is thrown into the
ocean by Jafar in an
effort to get him away from Jasmine.
Jafar exposes Aladdin, who was impersonating a Prince to gain the affection of Jasmine, and takes control of Genie and the magic powers, also imprisoning Jasmine
and her father.
Aladdin comes to rescue Jasmine from Jafar and steal back the lamp and Genie. Jafar and Aladdin battle with magical powers until Jafar ultimately loses by making the mistake to turn himself into a Genie, who Aladdin sucks into a lamp and throws into the Cave of Wonders, winning the battle.
Excerpt from original story and inspiration for the Disney movie, "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" from
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
"The man left the country, which plainly showed that he was no uncle of Aladdin's but a cunning magician, who had read in his magic books of a wonderful lamp, which would make him the most powerful man in the world. Though he alone knew where to find it, he could only receive it from the hand of another. He had picked out the foolish Aladdin for this purpose, intending to get the lamp and kill him afterwards."
Instead of using his final wish to regain his title as a prince, palace, and rights to marry Princess Jasmine, Aladdin decides that he cannot pretend to be something that he is not. He chooses to wish for the freedom of the Genie and accepts that he must return back to his old life.
Before Aladdin leaves, Princess Jasmine's father, The Sultan, decides that he will change his rules upon seeing Jasmine's love for Aladdin and allow her to marry whoever she chooses. They return to a normal life, celebrating their engagement, while the Genie sets off to explore his new freedom.
The "gift" that everyone is left with is love. Aladdin shows his love and appreciation for the Genie by freeing him, The Sultan accepts the love that Jasmine and Aladdin have and shows his love for his daughter by allowing her to marry Aladdin, and Aladdin gets to ultimately marry the girl that he loves.
Everyone lives "happily ever after" and gets what they originally wished for: The Genie is free, Jasmine married someone that she chose, and Aladdin is no longer a street rat.
The magic carpet acts as Aladdin's amulet; it is an object that provides assistance and protection throughout his journey.
(Aladdin's "Call to Adventure")
The Four Characteristics
The Values of Society
"Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp." Original Tale: Aladdin. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.
"Aladdin (1992 Disney Film)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.
Comparison to Beowulf
- Aladdin is a normal man but has the help of a powerful, magical Genie who assists him with his tests and trials and a magic carpet that he flies around on.
Fighting for a noble cause
- Aladdin fights for the love of Jasmine in order to stop Jafar from marrying her and becoming Sultan; he saves the palace from being taken over by Jafar (preservation of society) and rescues Princess Jasmine and the Sultan after Jafar kidnaps them (defends the helpless).
Aladdin is cunning and clever based on his experience as a street rat when he was forced to steal things; he is quick, fearless, and willing to accept a challenge.
Descends into Darkness
- Aladdin ventures into the Cave of Wonders, something no one else would attempt, to retrieve the magic lamp and start his epic adventure; he is the "Diamond in the Rough" that is needed to complete the task.
Royalty and riches
were valued in society during Aladdin's time so Aladdin uses one of his wishes to become a wealthy prince, giving him the opportunity to marry Princess Jasmine.
was valued in Aladdin's society and he demonstrates this from the beginning; despite being poor and homeless, Aladdin makes do by staying in abandoned houses and stealing food in the marketplace.
was a valued trait during Aladdin's time and he demonstrated this with his devotion to Princess Jasmine and his efforts to save her; he showed his courage and nobility despite having to battle opposing forces.
was valued during Aladdin's society and he fits this because he was handsome and fit; usually never wearing a shirt with his typical clothing.
Aladdin was born into a poor life, while Beowulf was born into a noble family
Each epic hero's journey led to a different goal. Beowulf set out to protect the people, and Aladdin's journey is for love.