FC: By David Bean Period 4
1: Maximus is the Hero archetype in Gladiator. He is the high commander in the battlefield of the North Roman Army and is glorified for his commendations in war which is all for Rome. | Archetypes and their roles | Hero is the self-sacrifice, known often as the protagonist | Decimus Meridius Maximus | His Home is on a farm in the country with his wife and 8 year old son away from Rome. When Commodus takes power he sentences Maximus and his family to death. When Maximus escapes and rushes to save them, he is too late.
2: Commodus is a shadow of Maximus and his accomplishments. He is rejected by his own father Aurelius who chooses Maximus over Commodus to become the new emperor. | The Shadow represents the dark side/antagonist. | He is a weak character lacking in personality traits and mental strength, therefore he experiences many mental breakdowns, yet holds very much power once becoming emperor. Throughout the story Commodus is crippled by his own virtues as he wants to destroy Maximus who he in many ways, envys.
3: The Mentor(s) | They are the guides/positive figures in the Hero's journey | Proximo He is the main Mentor in Maximus' journey. He picks him back onto his feet and helps him out. He himself was a gladiator and won his freedom. | Marcus Aurelius He is an important role in the movie, but not for very long he is soon killed. | Juba He was taken from his tribe and forced to fight alongside Maximus. He tells Maximus that he will meet his family, but not yet.
4: She is Marcus Aurelius' daughter and Commodus' sister/wife. At the same time she wants nothing to do with Commodus and wants to be with Maximus. | Lucilla is the Shapeshifter archetype. | She has trouble deciding whether to help her brother or help Maximus. She is helpful to Maximus but also leads to the | destruction of Maximus and his allies when Commodus forces her to tell him everything.
5: Threshold Guardian(s) | Tigris of Gaul He was an intense battle for Maximus at the Coliseum. This required great determination to defeat. | Maximus when he fights for Proximus he fights a bunch of barbarians single handed. Then Proximus realizes they're going to the Colosseum.
6: Call to Adventure | Maximus is told he is emperor by Marcus Aurelius, but then Commodus finds out and kills his father. Then claiming his spot for emperor. | Heroic Cycle
7: Helpers/Mentor | Proximo finds Maximus and decides he would make a great gladiator. | Proximo himself was a great gladiator and won his freedom. His freedom was given to him by Marcus Aurelius.
8: Threshold Crossing/Tests, Allies and Enemies | First Gladiator battle at the stadium(Not Colosseum) with Juba, who is Maximus main ally. Juba was also forced to fight in the games. | In this scene Maximus is about to reveal his true identity to Commodus, the one who killed his wife and son. He is worried if he knows it's him, he will get executed on the spot. He is saved by the crowd and Commodus is shocked by his popularity. | Maximus fight the legendary Tigris of Gaul. Tigris fights dirty, but Maximus pulls through and defeats him and wins the crowd.
9: Supreme Test | Commodus wants to win back his people and his pride so he chooses to fight Maximus. | Commodus knows he'll lose if he fights Maximus so he decides to even the table by sabotaging Maximus with a blade in the back. | In the fight Maximus stumbles a bit while holding on to get his vengeance on Commodus for killing his family. He puts on a major whooping on him and kills him with his own blade.
10: Reward/Return | The | When Maximus kills Commodus he frees Rome from the corrupt political and his men. He also saves Lucius from being killed who is Lucilla's son. He gives Rome back to the people and fulfills Marcus Aurelius's last wishes. | Maximus finally passes away and is free to join his wife and son in the afterlife peacefully.
11: Extra Credit | Allusion | Proximus is describing the feeling of fighting in the Colosseum as "Every thrust of the blade makes the crowd rise like a storm as if you were the lightning god yourself!" | This is an allusion to Zeus. Who in Greek mythology is the lightning god/ruler of the sky. Greek mythology and Roman Myths have many parallels in their gods.