Hanna: Written Response

During the study of the movie “Hanna”, we learned about “The Hero’s Journey”. Hanna is a 14 years old girl who live her whole life in the forest with her father Erik. Her journey will take her through 3 stages: Departure, Initiation, and Return.


In the stage of Departure, the “Call To Adventure” happens when the hero wants change and to head off into the unknown. When Hanna’s father brings out the box and says “If you want to leave all you have to do is flip that switch.” Often when the call is heard, the future hero refuses to follow it, at first. A sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, or inadequacy, holds them back. When Hanna approaches the switch, she places a single finger on the small red switch. Hanna refuse to flip the switch and moves away. Even though my family was ready to follow their” call to adventure” when we came to Canada from the Philippines, I was not ready because I don’t want to leave my friends. I’m a little bit scared to go to Canada because the culture different than the Philippines.


Hanna was lucky to have Erik as a guide to prepare her for some of the unknown things she was about to face. He helped by teaching her different languages and training her to face different situations. When we came to Canada my mom helped me and my sisters to understand Canada. As we travel in different area of Canada she would teach us about it. My mom told me that Christmas in Canada is different than the Philippines. We were still able to be with friends and eat the same food but we have to change the party from outside to inside because of the very cold weather.


As a hero leaves their world to enter a new unknown world, many questions could cross their mind. Hanna crosses the first threshold very calmly. She sits patiently inside the dark cabin, waiting for the soldiers to take her to the CIA headquarters, where Marissa is. This is when Hanna enters the “belly of the whale” separating from her known world completely. I felt a little bit scared when my family crossed through security at the airport to fly to Canada because I don’t know what is going to happen next.


The Initiation stage begins with “the road of trials”.  This is when the hero has to prove that they are capable (strong, brave, smart, etc) of completing this journey. Hanna was able to escape the CIA secure building. When Hanna pop out from tunnel she does not have any wound or scars in her face, that shows that Hanna is strong. Then she grabbed underneath the military Humvee this showed her physical strength. When I came to Canada I struggled making friends because I could not speak the same language as the others. Also, I did not listen to the same music. Luckily, I had a few people, in school, to speak Tagalog with. It took me also a year to speak English. As I get older I become more brave and take more chances.

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