The Million Dollar Baby
The Hero’s Journey
By: Mehrdad Haghi
The Call to Adventure
Call to Adventure – where the hero is
pushed to resolve a challenge.
Maggie needs to escape her southern red
neck roots and Frankie needs to solve the
problems concerning his daughter.
Refusal of the Call
Refusal of the Call – where there is
Frankie refuses to train Maggie
Supernatural Aid – where a powerful
advisor encourages the hero to do the
Eddie begins to help Maggie with her
training and also guides Frankie towards
The Crossing of the First
The Crossing of the First Threshold –
where a point of no return is crossed.
Maggie works hard in the gym. There is
no going back for her.
Belly of the Whale
Belly of the Whale – where the hero
physically separates from his Old World
and heads into the Transformation.
Willie leaves Frankie and Frankie has
nothing else to do except train Maggie.
Road of Trials
Road of Trials – where the hero
transforms but not completely.
Maggie becomes a professional boxer.
The Meeting with the Goddess
The meeting with the goddess – where
the hero faces a difficult choice.
Maggie buys her family a house and Frank
takes on the role of the father.
Woman as the Temptress
When Maggie does not know what to do
about the Bear and wants to give up.
Atonement with the Father
Atonement with the Father – where the
hero confronts the obstacle.
Maggie fights and loses to the blue Bear.
Apotheosis – where the hero has the
Maggie realizes that she should have
listened to Frankie and protected herself.
Ultimate Boon – the achievement of the
goal of the quest. It is what the person
went on the journey to get.
Both Frankie and Maggie get a family.
Refusal of the Return
Refusal of the Return – where the hero is
repulsed by his Old Self or there is refusal
on some level.
Frankie refuses to go back to the gym.
Magic Flight – where the hero attempts to
escape from the antagonism or, for some
reason, is unable to confront it.
Frankie takes Maggie away and attempts
to find doctors who can reverse the
Rescue from Without
Rescue from Without – where the hero is
pulled back toward his or her challenges.
Maggie's family return and Frankie wants
to replace them and resists their arrival.
Crossing the Return Threshold
Crossing the Return Threshold – where
the hero confronts the antagonism.
Maggie loses her legs and asks Frankie to
Master of the Two Worlds
Master of the Two Worlds – where the
antagonism is defeated. Frankie kills
Freedom to Live
Freedom to Live – where the hero is freed
from the antagonism.
Frankie does not return to the gym.