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Finding Nemo Archetypes

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Connor Whan

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Transcript of Finding Nemo Archetypes

Archetypal Film Analysis
Marlin
Osiris Archetype: Male Messiah and Punisher
Dory
Hestia Archtype: The Mystic and Betrayer
Nemo
Poseidon Archetype: Artist and Abuser
Bruce
Ares Archetype: Protector and Gladiator
Refusal of the Call
Marlin is afraid to enter the open sea to get Nemo back.
Ordinary World
Marlin lives in a sea anemone with his wife and babies who are yet to hatch
Call to Adventure
Nemo goes to touch the "Butt"
The Hero's Journey
Answering the Call
Nemo gets captured by the divers so Marlin leaves the reef to retrieve his son
Meeting the Mentor
Dory is the mentor. She teaches Marlin how to not be afraid, to let go and allow Nemo to take some risks.

Crossing the First Threshold
Marlin leaves the reef and swims after Nemo. He follows the boat into the open sea.
Tailsman
Nemo is the item that Marlin cares about.
Companion
Dory goes with Marlin on the adventure. Dory helps by remembering the address on the diver's goggles.
Road of Trials
The encounter with Bruce and the sharks
Darla- evil girl who doesn't know how to treat animals
Dory's short term memory loss
Gorge/jellyfish
"Mine" birds
Dentist closes window on the pelican
Connor Whan
Hero's Journey
Archetypes
Effectiveness
Impact
Finding Nemo
Brother Battle
Marlin and Dory fight over the mask. Dory gets hit in the nose and bleeds which leads to Bruce attacking.
Abduction
Nemo is kidnapped by the divers, which is why marlin's adventure takes place.
Sea Journey
Since the story is about fish, the journey is in the sea.
Dragon Battle
Marlin has to escape a killer fish.
Ritual Death
Marlin thinks he is dead before he sees that the mask stopped the killer fish.
Recognition by the Father
Nemo shows his love for his dad when he is rescued.
Entering the Belly of the Whale
Dory and Marlin are sucked into the belly of a whale. As water enters the belly we see the optimist/pessimist views of each character.
Magic Elixir
The pelican carries Marlin and Dory to the dentist's office. Nemo is not retrieved in this effort.
Refusal of the Return
Marlin doesn't want to give up, but he knows he wont be able to get into the office, so he looks out of the water before turning home.
Magic Flight/Pursuit
Bruce attacks Dory and Marlin (beginning).
Dory has to escape the fishing net and Marlin has to let Nemo go in to help (end).
Master of Two Worlds
Marlin overcomes his fears of the open sea to get his son back. Also, Nemo becomes a part of the family in the tank, which is a whole new world for him.
Freedom to Live
Nemo and Marlin live peacefully after their return.
Archetypes
Andrew Stanton's
Finding Nemo
Loves to be alone
Works carefully and slowly at one task at a time
lives without material possessions (home?)
tries to keep peace, stay positive
Assets
Flaws
Lives in isolation
shy and timid
lives in her head too much
Assets
Physical not mental
focused on fun and travel
will fight for loved ones and a good cause when others do not
spontaneous
Searches for next big thrill or challenge
Flaws
Physically responds without thinking
acts as if he's always in survival mode
lives on the edge
trouble considering consequences
merciless
craves blood, death and battle
Crush
Hermes Archetype: Fool and the Derelict
Assets
practical joker
easygoing
adventurous, inquisitve and playful
acts young for his age and loves kids
Flaws
impulsive and reckless, without limits
takes too many risks
self-centered
Assets
disciplined
questions authority
healthy sense of who he is
stands up for beliefs
inner strength
Flaws
tells the truth even when harsh
self-doubt
sees only black and white
Assets
spontaneous and instinctual
full of passion and intensity
loves his family despite how he acts
very street smart
Flaws
no fear in expressing himself
trouble controlling emotions
invades boundaries
self-centered
Marlin is the protagonist of the film. His character grows as the story progresses. He begins as an overprotective father not willing to put the safety of his son on the line. He questions if Nemo loves him. When he gets Nemo back he realizes his son does care about him just doesn't show it around his friends. Marlin learns how to loosen his grip on Nemo and life and enjoy it.
Dory plays the role of the best friend. She is always there to help, but doesn't always know how or can't. Tries to make sure the friendship stays alive. Will change her life to not risk loosing Marlin.
Is Marlin a Hero?
Marlin- The Hero
Marlin follows the main steps of a hero's journey perfectly. However, some of the steps that are not in the main twelve are either not present or not in its ideal spot. All in all, Marlin both represent the hero in this story and follows the path to prove it.
Journey and Archetypes
Effectiveness
Although the journey seemed out of order for some points, the film was still able to show Marlin's development clearly. Also, it was easy to see the archetype of each main character because of the format of the story.
Film's Strength
The movie is easily liked not only because of its kid friendly nature, but its ability to allow the viewer to connect to characters.
Journey and Character Impact
The viewers are unconsciously watching the same story in every movie. In order to grab the attention of the audience, the creators utilized amusing characters as well as opposing personalities that are shown throughout the film.
Barracuda attack (wife and kids die)
Nemo survives-- Marlin is very protective
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