|Pixar's masterpiece, UP|
|four kids in the Roman Mysteries|
|Before he got into mobile phones...|
In The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch is Dorothy's Mentor. She gives Dorothy the Ruby Slippers as her talisman.
|a great Talisman for a girl: power shoes!|
In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi is Luke's Mentor. He gives Luke his father's light-saber as the talisman.
|As you can see, the Mentor is often a man with a beard!|
But who is the Mentor in the Pixar film UP? And what is the talisman?
If you remember that Mr. Carl Fredrickson is the unlikely Hero who sets off on a fantastic voyage to South America, then the answer is obvious.
|Even after she's gone, she's his mentor...|
The Mentor is the person who calls the hero to the Quest. So Carl's Mentor is his wife Ellie. He first met her when they were young. She made him a member of her club and gave him the talisman, a grape-soda bottle-top badge. It has no magical powers, but it is infinitely precious to Carl and when he passes it on to his Faithful Sidekick Russell at the end of the film, Russell's eyes shine with pride.
|The Talisman doesn't have to be magical|
My fourth grade teacher was a Mentor. She read A Wrinkle In Time to us and got me excited about fiction at an early age.
Someone you've never met can be a mentor. Author Mary Renault started me on a journey as a historian and writer of historical fiction. In fact, my parents were my mentors, and her book The Last of the Wine was my Talisman!
|I listened to Truby's tapes for a decade before I met him|
Script Doctor John Truby (above) was my mentor for ten years before I ever met him, thanks to a set of audio cassettes (my talisman!). Truby is the wise teacher who gave me the tools I needed to write a plot onto which I could hang my ideas.
And just as we have benefitted from wonderful mentors, we can hope for nothing better than to be mentors ourselves!
Caroline Lawrence writes historical fiction for kids. Her latest book, The Thunder Omen, is out now. Find out more at www.carolinelawrence.com
You know, I never thought of Up as a Hero's Journey! Interesting idea. I teach it in English to my Year 8 students, who generally like it. There's so much meat in it to discuss. I don't think they're quite ready for The Hero's Journey, though. ;-)
Actually, Obi Wan Kenobi does set off on Luke's journey and manages to hang around commenting on things despite being dead! (Grin)
Ah yes, where would we be without mentors? Merlin makes a good mentor for Arthurian fiction (he also comes with a beard), and I use him in my Pendragon series although he loses his man's body quite early on and ends up trapped in the body of a small falcon - a merlin, naturally.
Not sure I have found my own mentor yet, though I look carefully at bearded people I meet in case they turn out to be a wizard in disguise...
Yes, Merlin is a classic Mentor. With a beard! :-)
I loved this, Caroline! Thank you!
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