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An engine consists of many parts which work together to transform energy into mechanical force With the absence of any of those parts the collection is no longer an engine but an assembly of parts with no purpose Similar to this is the archetype of the hero A hero must have all the parts necessary to complete a journey or else he or she is just like every other collection of human matter The protagonist of The Matrix Neo is in every sense a hero as he possesses all the characteristics of a hero and undertakes an archetypal heroic journey According to Joseph Cambells research on the hero Neo identifies with both the seeker and sage hero archetype and follows the five steps which are entailed in all hero journeys Although Neo does appear to fit the hero archetype freeing the human race from mental oppression cannot be the job of a coward When a character exhibits certain characteristics an audience will interpret these characteristics and identify that character as a hero The first clue to Neos heroic character is that he is separated from a place of comfort and taken to new surroundings That is the first step in a hero journey and this happens to Neo when he is taken out of the Matrix Neo is then initiated and faces unfamiliar circumstances which begin to teach him about himself and his task It is then when Neo begins to fall into the seeker and sage archetypes as his quest and fear are revealed A seekers quest is to search for a better life and that is evident in Neos situation as he dislikes the Matrix and signed on to change it The sages quest is to find the truth and that quest is clear from the beginning because Neo was first led away from the Matrix due to his desire to understand it Neo also fears conformity and deception as a sage would
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