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 It’s helpful to see how heroes, candidly portrayed in literature and film, illustrate the pattern. Mrs. P. L. Travers, depicted in the 2013 movie, Saving Mr. Banks, is a good example.
Mrs. Travers (Emma Thompson) is in her ordinary world, her
London home, when she receives the call to adventure. It comes from Walt
Disney (Tom Hanks) who desperately wants the film rights to Mary Poppins. The author has refused the call for nearly twenty
years. Pamela, as some of the characters in the film are so apt to call her,
wants to protect Mary Poppins from Walt Disney. She is horrified at the idea of
using her beloved character to remain
literary agent Mr. Russell (Ronan Vibert), encourages her to respond to the
call. Russell points out that Travers is out of money and there are no more
stories in the pipeline. To avoid losing her home she needs to sell the rights.
Travers knows of Mr. Disney’s work and is afraid that, in his hands, Mary Poppins “will be cavorting and twinkling, and careening towards a happy ending like a kamikaze!” She would rather go to perdition than to prostitute Mary Poppins. But Mr. Russell coaxes her, “You only have to go there and work for two weeks. Collaborate. You haven’t signed over the rights, yet. You must make this work, Mrs. Travers.”
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