The Hero with a Thousand Faces


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The hero’s journey in film. Joseph Campbell in his non fiction book called ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’ described a hero as a person who does not fear sacrificing his life in order to get whatever he likes. Campbell described a number of stages that a person goes through in order to be termed as a hero. The hero in his story starts with an ordinary world and enters into the strange world of outlandish powers. Frank Castle in the film the punisher acts as an anti-hero (Swierczynski & Lacombe 3).

The character of the punisher is vigilante and employs murder, coercion, torture, threats of violence, and kidnappings in his war on crime. The death of his wife and two kids drives him to wage a one man war on the mob and the offenders in general by the use of all manner of conservative war arms. He slays all his family killers. He is a hero in that matter since he knows all tactics of using weapons and martial arts as well as guerrilla warfare in killing all the criminals. His brutal and willingness to kill makes him a killer since he does not fear fighting the mob who he knows clearly that can turn against him if he is not keen (Swierczynski & Lacombe 3).

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The punisher has some admirable qualities and is at least marginally better than the people he works hard to assassinate. He stated that he has learned kindness from the unkind but has not been grateful for the lesson (Swierczynski & Lacombe 3). This shows that despite that he kills he has kindness especially to the innocent and work hard portraying his courageous actions in saving them. The aspect of punishing the guilty is a heroic act. This is because the punisher does not like to leave any stone unturned considering that he feels the pain of his family death (Stern & Hensleigh 20). The Hero with a Thousand Faces. 

Works Cited

Ennis, Garth. Et al. The Punisher 2. New York: Prentice Hall, 2006. Print 

Stern, David & Hensleigh, Jonathan. The Punisher. New York: Wiley, 2004. Print 

Swierczynski, Duane & Lacombe, Michael. Punisher: Frank Castle Max- Six Hours to Kill. New Jersey: Wiley, 2009. Print. The Hero with a Thousand Faces.