Hero’s Journey

Hero’s Journey is a very popular formula used in books, movies and plays. The hero’s story is based on themselves. They go through self doubt, many tests, and then face their fear in the very end, and end up winning. An example I’m writing about is the movie Hercules. It has a really clear and clean example of the Hero’s Journey.

Hercules, was born in the city of Olympus. His mother and father, Zeus and Hera were the king and queen of the city. Everybody was excited about the birth of Hercules, so they came to celebrate. Whilst everyone was visiting the baby, Zeus’ brother, Hades came to say hello too. Hades was the god of the underworld, and Zeus was not fond of him. Hades didn’t like Hercules, because the fortune tellers he saw, said Hercules would overpower Hades, and he got very jealous and planned to kill Hercules. Hades put poison in a bottle, and in order for Hercules to die, he would have to drink every last drop. 2 of Hades slaves, put Hercules on earth so they could kill him quietly. 2 human just happened to be walking by, and saved Hercules just in time. This is where the story begins.

Since Hercules was saved by the humans, they began to raise him. They were aware he came from someplace special because the medal of Zeus was around his neck when he was a baby. His human parents always knew he was special because of his great strength. Once Hercules started to realise that he was indeed different, he asked his parents where he came from. At that moment, he knew he had to go find his place in the world and find out where he came from. Hercules finds the statue of Zeus, and the statue comes alive and tells Hercules to go find Phil to help him. Phil is a Satyr, half man half goat. He trains hero’s, and starts training Hercules. Through years of training, and a small walk in the forest, he meets his first competitor. A horseman has a girl in his hand, and she struggles to escape. He fights off the monster, and saves the girl. Phil tells Hercules he needs people to see him be a hero, so they find a town and attempt to convince them that Hercules is indeed a hero. As they walk around, the same girl runs up to him, and tells him that 2 boys are stuck in a cave. He successfully saves the boys, but he has no clue that its one of Hades traps. A hydra is in the cave, and Hercules starts fighting the monster. Hades starts laughing, thinking he can win. The girl is secretly working for Hades too, and is luring Hercules into the traps Hades made. After Hercules defeats the hydra, the world see’s him as a hero.

As the story goes on, Hercules fights more monsters, and Hades is getting angrier by the minuet. Meg, who is working for Hades, tells Hades she wants to quit. Hades threatens her, and then runs to Hercules. Hades, tells Hercules that he has to give up his strength for one day, or he kills Meg. Of course, he loves Meg and decides to give up his strength. Hades still puts Meg in the underworld, and releases the Titans. Hades wants to rule Olympus, and the Titans are the huge powerful elements, that can win anything against the gods. A Cyclops is sent to kill Hercules, and the other Titans are sent to take over Olympia. Since Hercules’ strength is gone, he gets really beaten up. But the day passes, and he thankfully regains his strength and fights off the Cyclops. He later, travels to Olympus, and fights off the Titans as well. Since Meg is dead, Hercules travels to the underworld and saves Meg’s soul, and brings her back to life. He goes back to Olympus, and meets his real parents, Zeus and Hera. He is celebrated, and offered to live in Olympus with the people he belongs with. He chooses to go live on earth with Meg, and Zeus understands, and sends them back down to earth.

So that’s the story of Hercules. It gives a clear image of the Hero’s Journey, and has a good plot to base off of. The story is based on his life, and he completes his journey and is even rewarded at the end. The Hero’s Journey is in more than just the movie Hercules, in fact, its in many stories. Look for it in any book or movie, and you’ll notice that they all have the Hero’s Journey, and they base off the same plot.

Dream House

Everyone has their dream house. Your parents, children, even your grandparents. Some may be fancier than others, some may be pricey, while others are simple and affordable. The location is also a dream for a person, where they want to live. Sometimes, people can make that dream house come true, if they work for it.

I’m not the kind of person to wish for big things. I don’t want a big fancy house, instead Id prefer a quaint little log cabin. It isn’t really much, but how big does a person need a house? My dream log cabin, would have a main floor, then a loft, and the bathroom would be under the stairs. The kitchen and living room would be somewhat connected, and there would be a small staircase so you could get up to the loft. The floors would be a dark maple wood, and the walls would be a simple oak. For the kitchen, it would be nice to have a sort of burgundy counter top, with a small island in the centre of the kitchen, and a little bar so it opens up to the living room. The living room, would have 2 dark brown leather couches, 1 on each side of the room. A simple fireplace on the very back wall, and a TV above the fireplace. A dark brown rug, would be in the centre of the living room, with a small classic wooden coffee table.

Up to the loft would be more of the personal space part of my home. Since the stairs are oak, the railing would match the stairs. The loft wouldn’t be too big, just big enough for a bed, then room for a person to walk around. A king sized bed would be near the upper right portion of the room, with a dark oak bed frame, and camouflage sheets. The vanity would be on the opposite side of the room, in the top left corner. There would be a dresser at the end of the bed. On top of the dresser, would be a TV facing towards the bed. A plaid rug would be in between the bed, and the vanity.

The location of my house would be in the middle of nowhere. I hate living in the towns and city’s because of the noise, and there’s nothing to look at but other building’s, and roads. In the country, there’s tree’s, wildlife, and rivers. There’s so much to look at, and the air is clean and fresh. There’s much more space, and its peaceful and quiet. Its much better than living in the city where its constantly crowded. I would love for my house to be in Alaska too. It doesn’t get too hot, and the colder weather would be nicer to live in anyway. There’s rivers, and a lot more wildlife than Alberta. There’s also less people, which is nice. Even though its cold typically all year round, its much better than living in a hot, crowded area.

People all have their dreams, and all of them are different than others. Some people want big fancy houses, and some just want an affordable one. Everyone has their dreams, and we can make them come true if we work for them. I wont stop working for this dream, because I want out of Canada, and I want to explore a new place, and see new things.

The Car of Your Dreams

Everyone has the car of their dreams, and they’re all different in their own way. My dream car is a Dodge dually 3500 diesel with a glass cherry bomb pack muffler, and a few engine tweaks.

Dodge is my favourite brand of truck, because its cheap horsepower. We use Dodge in our family a lot, and it lasts longer than any of our other trucks. Plus, diesels have a lot more speed, and power than just a gas truck. For my dream truck, it has to be a standard diesel, and not an automatic. The reason for this, is that standards have way more power, and they go much faster than an automatic. Standards are also better for mudding, so you don’t get stuck, and you can skid and drift like crazy. I want my truck to be a rock paste exterior, with a glossy blue paint job. A 12 inch lift kit would add height, plus the suspension would make it much taller than a regular truck.

My dad always said “be loud and proud.” and having a cherry bomb muffler, lives up to that quote. I want my truck to be loud and fast. I’m not talking about just the muffler being loud, my whole truck’s got to be loud, including the music. Two 12 inch subs in the back, with a bass box will make it roar. With those subs in, you could probably hear my truck coming from 4 miles away. I want my truck to be so loud, that it can shake windows, and set car alarms off. Having those pipes would just make my truck a whole lot better.

Having a few engine tweaks would improve my trucks ability to run, and it could improve on the amount of diesel it burns on a road trip. Fixing up the engine, also makes it a custom, so its worth a lot more money. You can add more pipes to your truck also. Along with customising the engine, I also want to customise the interior of my truck. I want tinted windows, a blue under glow, grill lights, and some feet lights in the cab. The interior has to be black leather so it feels comfortable. I also want heated, and air conditioned seats, with a good AC for those hot summer days.

I couldn’t imagine actually owning my dream truck. It takes a lot of work, and investment, and its really expensive to buy everything I want for it. It would make my dreams come true to own this truck, and i’d wait a lifetime to get it. As soon as i’m 16, i’m going to start buying part, and then just maybe one day, i’ll have the car I’ve always wanted.