scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 965
With its animatronics technology Jim Hensons 1982 film The Dark Crystal in both form and theme depicts key elements of David Leemings description of the hero myths rites of passage in The World of Myth An Anthology As in Leemings rites of passage in this film the protagonists heroic experiences lead him to wholeness and full individuation 220 At the formal level by concealing puppet strings providing puppets with exceptionally life-like and fluid motions and creating convincingly vital puppets Hensons detail-rich and realistic animatronics technology allows his puppet-hero Jen to grow both beyond his filmic father figure urSu as well as beyond the confining puppet strings of the traditional puppet master Thematically too Jen experiences the rites of being born when needed 218 of being called to adventure 219 and of being faced with trials and danger 219 that Leeming discusses as making up the passage into individuation As Leeming describes heroes are born when the need for them arises this usually happens during a dark period in the cultures history 218 In The Dark Crystal Jen who belongs to a nearly extinct race known as Gelflings is born after the Crystal is cracked and a shard of it is lost As with Leemings dark period the events initiated by the crystals shattering mark the end of a period of light here the thousand years of the green and goodness of the land once maintained by the Crystal become darkness and ugliness once the crystal is shattered This dark period is also marked by the claiming of the land by the cruel and evil race of Skeksis Making this period of the heros emergence in the film even darker the Skeksis in their attempt to avoid fulfillment of the prophecy that a Gelfling would destroy them begin to kill all of the Gelflings Ushering in Jens position as the hero who is called the Skeksis kill his family Sole survivor from his
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA