Bratty girl acts like a jerk, everyone hates her, she gets stuck in a time loop, she refuses to acknowledge the time-loop, she dies every day killed by the same masked man, she meets a guy who tells her about “Groundhog Day” he becomes her mentor, each time she dies she comes back with more knowledge, she atones for being an asshat, she goes back to normality. That’s the plot of “Happy Dead Day.” That same template and model repeats itself over and over again; Gandalf, Doctor Strange, Simba, Aladdin, Hercules, Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter… The mentor is there, sometimes in disguised - like the Genie -, sometimes as the romantic lead - Gosling teaching Emma to follow her dream and vice-versa in “La La Land”, and sometimes they are an actual teacher like Dumbledore. But the mentor is there.
And yes, we’re going to fixate on mentoring for these paragraphs, but I want to really highlight the idea that Campbell’s Journey - his monomyth - is applicable to each and everyone of these real life cases. Why? Because of our interpretation, they way we fix and tweak our narrative due to our biases. When we sit down and retell our stories we frame them with the patterns we are most familiar with… the patterns of heroes. We do this at an atavistic level. We want to be heroes.
Just think about it… How many stories and autobiographies started with the subject lamenting his station in life? Or - in the case where he, she, or they were born with all the riches of the world - melancholically telling themselves and the readers: “I felt like there was more to life. I knew I had a destiny to uphold.” They have to face their fears of leaving the known, of facing either prejudice or criticism or even their unruly parents or a “Guardian” and then flinging themselves into “adventure”… there, they’ll find their mentor. Hell, our college experience basically starts off as that.
We leave the nest, fighting against our own inadequacies and emotional hiccups. We go into a new life having perhaps sacrificed our boyfriend or girlfriend - “please stay. I beg you, we’re meant to always be together” or our parent’s desires - “but why go out off state? There’s a perfectly good community college down the road? Don’t you love us?” - or our financial officer - “you don’t have the assets for a student loan”. We enter our college, our crucible and BOOM instantly we cling to a mentor… a classmate, a teacher, an advisor, our roommate.
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