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In the film The Matix the main character Neo is taken on a journey that by all acounts seems to fit the model of the classical heros journey pattern From his call to adventure by way of Morpheus to the road of trials that included his meeting with the Oracle he experienced a very text book style adventure The first step of a heros journey is the departure which has several underlying topics such as the call to adventure the refusal of the call the supernatural aid the crossing of the first threshold and the belly of the whale which means that the character is unsure of his quest Neos call to adventure comes in the form of Morpheus the philosophical father figure that leads Neo on his journey by first contacting him He tells Neo about the agents coming for him and how to evade them Next Neo refuses the call when he refuses to walk to the next ledge on the outside of the building therefore being apprehended by the agents and interrogated His supernatural aid comes in the form of Trinity who calls him on the phone picks him up and sucks a the most literal image of a wire tap or bug out of him Neo officially crosses the threshold and enters the world of the matrix when he chooses to take the red pill from Morpheus Finally he has the belly of the whale syndrome when everything he has ever known his logic is literally ripped apart with his departure from the matrix and into the doomsday-ish world as Morpheus exposes the lies that are the matix The next step in the heros journey is the road of trials This step includes the meeting with a goddess a woman as an interest atonement with the father figure apotheosis which means he felt a power and an ultimate boon also known as getting what he had sought after Neos road of
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