Watching Gladiator the other day I decided to apply Campbell’s theory to the movie.
Separation: Maximus loses his family and in that moment also loses his past and future and his will.
Initiation: He expects to die, however, he regains his will to live in order to avenge his family and choose his manner of death. He becomes a gladiator.
Return: He returns when he realizes that he can fight to restore Marcus’ dream of restoring Rome. He will defy the Emperor as well as the Romans’ expectations by refusing to kill for no reason, hoping to destroy the very idea of a Gladiator. In the end he will die and return to his family in Elysium fields.
Is there any other analyses that can be used for this movie?