Within the national cinematic gestalt, we are continually offered portrayals of the individual redemptive journey. Filmmakers repeatedly give us versions of the hero and anti-hero. These figures have their roots in age-old mythological and religious characters, and are easily identifiable in the traditional Western and more recent Road Movie. This paper compares the mythic Odysseus and the Christian gospel's St. Paul, with a look also at the Christ-figure, in an examination of the cinematic use of the hero and anti-hero archetypes and their meanings.
Fitch, John III
"Archetypes on Screen: Odysseus, St. Paul, Christ and the American Cinematic Hero and Anti-Hero,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 9
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol9/iss1/1