The Hero's Journey related to Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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The motion picture we are applying or using is Pixar's "Finding Nemo". Our hero would be Marlin, the timid clownfish who lives safe and secluded in the colorful and warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. After the devastating, life changing event when starting a family, specifically when a hostile fish devoured his wife and all his unborn kids, Marlin had been a cowardly, cautious individual who lacks socialism and simply "can't tell a joke". He limits, rescues, protects and controls Nemo, and expectations are low for Nemo's ability, due to his disability. He is somber, worried and agitated about every detail in Nemo's life. In fact, Marlin's life completely revolves around Nemo's life. Also, Marlin can't acknowledge or admit that he has any problems. Following Joseph Campbell's steps, Marlin eventually becomes an epic hero by following the epic hero journey and relinquishes his flaws. "Finding Nemo" would be a fitting selection of a fictional depiction of the Hero's Journey.

The Call to Adventure is simply a beckon for a journey to establish. The hero is called to adventure by some external event or messenger. The Hero may accept the call willingly or reluctantly. In this case, Marlin was forced to leave his passive habitat in order to locate his son taken away from him. This event pulled him out of his everyday tranquil life in his coral enclave, into a deep quest of peril. The call began on Nemo's field trip to the drop-off. Marlin panicked when he realized that his only son would be going to the tragic area. Nemo, defiantly in anger, swam in open sea headed towards the boat after Marlin scolded him loudly and embarrassed him. A huge human diver emerged out of nowhere and captured Nemo. In desperation...