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In the movie Tombstone we can find several characters and events that fit into Joseph Campbells mythical story structure Wyatt Earp who is the mythological hero in the movie arrives in Tombstone Arizona with a reputation that is larger than life Wyatt and his brothers are looking to settle down and make a living Wyatt is resistant to the call of adventure for a while but he eventually reaches the threshold of adventure after his brother Virgil becomes sheriff of Tombstone When they arrive in Tombstone they find that Wyatts friend Doc Holliday Doc Holliday is seen by some to be a sort of supernatural helper to Wyatt because he is dying of tuberculosis and has no fear of death and he shoots a gun with speed and precision that is ungodly In fact it appears at times that he is trying to bring about his own demise via gun fighting rather than dying in a hospital bed A prime example of the seemingly supernatural aid Wyatt receives from Doc is when he has accepted a challenge to a gunfight with Johnny Ringo Doc knows that Wyatt has no chance of winning the duel and goes in his place and slays Ringo Although I dont view them as supernatural as Doc Holliday Wyatts brothers Virgil and Morgan act as his helpers during the tests he encounters such as the shootout at the OK Corral After reluctantly accepting the call to adventure Wyatt encounters many tests First there is the shootout at the OK Corral After that the Cowboys shoot up the Earp brothers wifes house They then shoot and kill Wyatts brother Morgan All of these events cause Wyatt to go on a rampage to eradicate the Cowboy gang This fits into Campbells circle in the flight portion of the story structure The final struggle in this story is not so much one big isolated event as it is a collection of smaller events Wyatt
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