pai discovery Essay examples

893 Words Nov 17th, 2013 4 Pages
In the movie, Whale Rider, there are great examples of Joseph Campbell’s article, Four Functions of Myth, which are: mystical myth, cosmological myth, social myth, and psychological myth. In the film, Whale Rider, Pai discovers her sense of self as she reinvents the Maori tribe’s creation myth to save the dying culture. The mystical myth in Whale Rider would be when she rode the whale. Pai is suppose to be the new chief in town, however, her grandfather, Koro, does not think a girl should be chief because he believes it will break tradition. Pai’s grandfather would always talk to the whales to get some help and advice from them, which are said to be their ancestors. The community was breaking apart and Koro was aware of it; that’s …show more content…
Pai knew that her calling was to be the next chief. Yet, as much as she tries to prove to her grandfather that she is chief-material, her grandfather refuses to pay attention to her. Pai had faith and hope, and she knew that she would make a difference in the tribe someday if she stayed. Everyone in the community would support Pai except for her grandfather, whom she loves with all her heart. In conclusion, Pai discovered her sense of self as she reinvents the Maori tribe’s creation myth to save the dying culture. Pai demonstrated great lessons, for example: dedication, courage, and faith. The four myths were incorporated very well in this movie. It was just amazing how one girl could change an entire community and reunite it to be one big happy community again. Pai demonstrated that gender does not matter, you can be a female and still achieve great things in life and prove to people that females are just as good at being leaders as males

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