The Mythical Hero in "Star Trek" Analytical Essay by scribbler

An analysis of the mythical hero, James Tiberius Kirk, in Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek".
# 152139 | 1,500 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2013 in Literature (Mythology) , Film (Television) , Film (General)

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The paper begins with a discussision about the functions of myth and provides examples of the archetypal reenactment of myth in literature and the modern genre of motion pictures and television. The paper then examines Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek", and focuses on James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, savior of the galaxy numerous times over, and a heroic archetype in his own right. The paper uses the ten basic constructs in Linda Seger's "Creating the Myth" to overview the character of Kirk in a tabular format; the paper also highlights how one can find traits of Kirk in other mythic heroes such as Odysseus and Beowulf.

From the Paper:

"One very interesting aspect of the human experience is the manner in which certain themes appear again and again over time, in literature, religion, mythology, and culture - regardless of the geographic location, the economic status, and the time period. Perhaps it is the innate human need to explain and explore the known and unknown, but to have disparate cultures in time and location find ways of explaining certain principles in such similar manner leads one to believe that there is perhaps more to myth and ritual than simple repetition of archetypal themes. In a sense, then, to acculturize the future, we must re-craft the past, and the way that seems to happen is in the synergism of myth and ritual as expressed in a variety of forms (Bittarello, 2008).
"The idea of myth is so tied into culture that even our motion picture industry epitomizes the need for particular stories to remain focal themes. Whatever the genre, even if those genres did not exist when the particular archetype originated, the classic nature of the normative values of certain subject continues to resonate within the human spirit (Voytilla, 1999). Indeed, the very sharing of experiences is part of the greater understanding, and acceptance, of mythos as part of human culture, regardless of the date, time, or location. Whatever the culture, we can empathize and find commonalities with these stories simply because they are part of our existence, and part of who we choose to be (Seger, n.d.)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bittarello, M. B. (2008). "Re-Crafting the Past: The Complex Relationship Between Myth and Ritual." Pomegranate: The International Journal ofPagan Studies. 10(2): 214.
  • Cambell, J. and B. Moyers. (1991). The Power of Myth. Anchor Books.
  • Campbell, J., (2003). The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life andWork. New World Library.
  • Campbell, J. (2008). The Hero With a Thousand Faces. New World Library.
  • Ray, Robert. (n.d.) "The Thematic Paradigm." UMUC.EDU. Cited in:

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