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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Anum Syed

on 11 June 2013

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Transcript of Captain America: The First Avenger

Atonement with the Father
In this step, the protagonist must confront whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories, the father or a father figure has life and death power. This stage is the center point of the journey. All of the previous steps have been moving towards this point, all that follow will move away from it. Although this step is most frequently symbolized by an encounter with a male entity, it does not have to be a male - just someone or something with incredible power. For the transformation to take place, the person must be “killed” such that a new self can come into being. Sometime this killing is literal and the earthly journey for that character is either over or moved to a different realm.
How stage is presented in the film and applied:
When Steve’s best friend Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes, died he took away the last memory of Steve Rogers since Bucky was Steve’s only true friend before he was Captain America. For Steve and the viewer, Bucky’s death signified the conscious birth of Captain America.
The use of manipulation/ purpose/ the results:
- manipulated: since it was not the father who died but a friend.
- location is a key indicator of Bucky’s death since the plot of the movie hinted that his death would be inevitable.
- symbolizes the absence of Steve Rogers: he is no longer thinking with his old mindset perspective in that situation but as Captain America, a hero and a leader figure.
- internal conflict
To apotheosize is to defy. When someone dies a physical death, or dies to the self to live in spirit, he or she moves beyond a point of opposites to a state of divine knowledge, love, compassion and bliss. This is a God like state; the person is in heaven and beyond all strife. A more mundane way of looking at this step is that it is a period of rest, peace and fulfillment before the hero begins the return.
How stage is presented in the film and applied
This is applied after Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes died by falling from the train that carried Zola, the scientist that helped Red Skull. They captured Zola but due to the death of Bucky, Rogers has a period of mourning and thinks irrationally: he wanted to attack the Red Skull without any strategic thinking.
The Ultimate Boon
The Ultimate Boon is the achievement of the goal in the quest; it is what the person went on the journey to get. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step, since in many myths the boon is something transcendent like the elixir of life itself, or a plant that supplies immortality, or the Holy Grail.
How stage is presented and applied
Captain America succeeds in avenging Bucky and achieves enlightenment when he rescues America from Hydra and wins the war.
The use of manipulation/ purpose/ the results:
-manipulation as Captain America succeeds in saving the lives of many; something that Steve Rogers always wanted to do.
-life or death situation
-theme of The American Dream - Steve himself did not achieve it but he wanted others to achieve the dream.
-the ultimate boon would be his shield and his duty to save the lives of others as his shield represents patriotism to his country.
-the ultimate boon could be America as well.
- this manipulation is to prove how Captain America wanted to die being
Captain America
and not Steve Rogers.
-America sees him as a symbol of freedom, hope, justice and liberation of America.
Refusal of the Return
So why, when all has been achieved, the ambrosia has been drunk, and we have conversed with the gods, why come back to the normal life with all of its cares and woes?
How stage is presented and applied:
Steve is found after 70 years and has awakened, and when confronted by Nick Fury if he feels alright, he replies with “I had a date.”
The use of manipulation/ purpose/ results
This scene is manipulated due to the fact that Captain America goes back to the Steve Rogers persona (“I had a date”). The purpose of this would be to insinuate that although he is Captain America, he is also Steve Rogers. However, the results would be that he continues to be Captain America as he feels that it is his duty to do so.
Overall, we find out that not only is Captain America a symbol of freedom, liberation, and justice for America, he is also relatable to an everyday person because he abides with the same goals and ideals as Steve Rogers. These stages illustrate Captain America’s vulnerable side as he experiences different situations and reacts to them in such a way that we do not expect.
The use of manipulation/ purpose/ the results:
-purpose of this scene is to show that Steve wanted revenge for Bucky.

-Captain America is similar to Winston because they both wanted revenge for a loss and that they both wanted justice.

-Orwell’s idea of what would happen if Hitler won.

I will be doing four stages of the hero’s quest; these stages will include the climax and ending of the movie. I will introduce what stages are being manipulated as all of them are. During these stages, the hero of this movie (Captain America) loses a friend, experiences a revelation and temporarily looses his identity.
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