Shaun of the Dead – Hero’s Journey
The Mundane World
Shaun works in a electrical goods store. Shaun’s girlfriend Liz complains about how boring they are as a couple. She doesn’t like the fact that they regularly frequent a pub called The Winchester.
The Call To Adventure
Shortly after being dumped by Liz, the zombie apocalypse starts in London. Shaun knows he has to win Liz back and that he must go and save her.
Crossing The Threshold
Shaun and his best friend Ed leave their home (despite warnings from the TV not to) and search for Shaun’s mum and Liz.
The Path of Trials
Once Shaun and Ed finish off the zombies that ambushed them in their house, they get to their car and traverse the zombie ridden streets to Barbara’s house. They discover that Barbara’s husband, Philip, was bitten and will shortly turn into a zombie. On the way to Liz’s flat Shaun is forced to kill Philip. They managed to reach Liz’s flat and formulate a plan to get to The Winchester. After a number of zombie encounters and some brilliant acting they reach The Winchester. Shaun catches up with them later as he had to create a risky diversion.
Once in the pub Shaun is forced to kill Barbara who was bitten earlier. Leaving himself and Liz to escape the now surrounded Winchester. Ed was also bitten, he knows he will turn into a zombie. Shaun and Liz find a delivery lift that facilitates their escape, leaving Ed behind (at his request) to turn into a zombie.
Master of Two Worlds
Throughout the zombie apocalypse Shaun exhibits a number of heroic qualities. He put himself at risk to allow the others enough time to get into the pub. He left his house to save his mum and Liz, despite being told not to. Shaun had changed from a man of inaction to a man of action.
Submitted by: Kit Bennett