Finding Nemo

Matt Schaaf
Mrs. Mensing
College English IV
13 November 2015
Marlin’s Heroic Journey
      The movie Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton, shows the heroic journey of a father facing numerous obstacles while searching for his missing son Nemo. His journey follows the same pattern as every other quest taken; the universal monomyth. The basic steps of the hero myth and universal themes are key parts in showing how the universal monomyth can be seen in Finding Nemo.
      The heroic journey within Finding Nemo follows the story of Marlin, an overbearing, fearful clownfish. At first glance, Marlin seems like an unlikely hero, yet he fits Joseph Campbell’s definition of a hero perfectly. In an interview with Joseph Campbell, he said, “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a religion of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won, the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow men” (Campbell). Marlin does exactly that and sets out on a long and treacherous journey to find Nemo.
      Marlin’s heroic journey starts with his “call to adventure”. The event that starts his journey is the capturing of his son, Nemo, by a scuba diver. At first, Marlin loses his composure and is very reluctant to going on a frightening and prolonged quest. In order to get rid of his fears and boost his confidence, Marlin needs the assistance of a mentor. Dory, a forgetful fish finds Marlin at the start of his journey and essentially becomes his mentor. Dory’s biggest role in helping Marlin find his son is her ability to read “42 P. Sherman Wallaby Way, Sydney” (Finding Nemo) on the diver’s mask when Nemo was captured . Ironically, Dory has short term memory loss and is incredibly forgetful. However, she plays a very essential role by mentoring Marlin on his quest.
      Marlin “crosses the first threshold” when he realizes his son’s safety is more important than...