Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hero's Journey tip: The Oracle

A tip from the Hero's Journey:
Every hero must meet an Oracle.

The Oracle is that entity that guides the Hero towards the tangible (Sword) that represents the intangibles (Expansion of Consciousness etc).

The Oracle can be literal. For example, in The Matrix (1999), a literal Oracle guides Neo towards the choice he must make.

The Oracle can be an inanimate object. For example, in Alien (1979), the Oracle is Mother the computer.

Or the Oracle can simply be metaphoric for any event that pushes the Hero in the required direction. In Scarface (1983), it is the assassination attempt that pushes Tony to take out Frank.
Write right and write on!

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