Themes within my script

-Triumph over adversity
This theme is a fairly common one as within every film there is a challenge the characters must face and defeat however the theme is important as the characters are defined by the adversity they face.
In a sense this theme could be summed up as ‘an underdog story’ one where the protagonist has some disadvantage yet still manages to find a way to win.
Within my script Mako must defeat five otherworldly figures for return of his grandfathers soul, here is his adversity yet it is through his triumphs that his character develops and pushes him to mature.
This journey not only serves the purpose to showcase Mako’s triumph over adversity but it also leads into another theme, the loss of innocence.

-Loss of Innocence:
This theme is typically seen as a coming of age story in which the protagonist is introduced to the adult world, I find that this theme works well within my script however as my character of Mako must learn how to accept the things he cant change. Within this theme the event that marks the loss of innocence is normally a traumatic one such as death, divorce or abuse, all of which are similar to the causes of grief, because of this, this theme works well within the confines of my script.
Mako suffers a loss of innocence after losing his grandfather and begins to develop angst and almost anti social tendencies, something that is often associated with teenagers, as Mako is on the cusp of adolescence it would make sense for this event to of pushed him into these teenage years as the concept of death is one that has brought him into the harsh realities of the adult world.

-Death as part of life
Death has always been a central theme in film as it has always been a part of life. Films that utilize this theme tend to go through its own stages of grief leading up to its protagonists acceptance of death. This theme is also pushed when the protagonist comes to the realization that there is still life after death, through them and within a spiritual sense. Throughout my story Mako refuses to accept death as his reality and fights against supernatural forces to chase down the spirit of his Grandfather, it is through this journey that he comes to mature through his loss of innocence, which enables him to accept death as a part of life knowing his grandfather is still with him in some sense.

-Triumph over adversity
This theme is a fairly common one as within every film there is a challenge the characters must face and defeat however the theme is important as the characters are defined by the adversity they face.
In a sense this theme could be summed up as ‘an underdog story’ one where the protagonist has some disadvantage yet still manages to find a way to win.
Within my script Mako must defeat five otherworldly figures for return of his grandfathers soul, here is his adversity yet it is through his triumphs that his character develops and pushes him to mature.
This journey not only serves the purpose to showcase Mako’s triumph over adversity but it also leads into another theme, the loss of innocence.

-Voyage and return
The theme of Voyage and Return is often used throughout children’s literature because it generally involves a journey to a magical land that appears out of nowhere. The introduction to this magical place is usually depicted as bright and charming but it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, it is then that protagonist must conquer something threatening the land before returning home stronger than before, having learned something about themselves or their situation. Stories like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland all use this theme and give a good sense of how a narrative structure develops by implementing it. Voyage and return implements a 5 act structure, similar to the Todorov narrative model of Equilium, disruption, recognition, repair, equilibrium, it sets the pace for the story and breaks down into chunks what the protagonist will be encountering.
This theme is a central one within my script as it follows the same model:
-Mako enters a magical world through an open doorway (Anticipation stage)
-He is stunned by the world in front of him but begins chasing after what he lost back home (Dream stage)
-The world starts to become darker and more terrifying (Frustration stage)
-He is now fully submersed in the world and is about to be devoured by it (Nightmare stage)
-Mako has conquered his grief and returns home stronger for the experience (Escape and Return)

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