Great Expectations: The Role of Myth in 1980s Films with Child Heroes
Olson, Eric Lars
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This study performed a mythic analysis on three films with child heroes including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Stand by Me, and The Goonies. Several unifying themes were extracted and then compared with the dominant values of Reagan America to determine if these films provided a unique cultural outlook. While most of the uncovered themes have been recognized in other films of the era, the theme of childhood as a community in peril is unique. It is purported these films pass judgment on Reagan as a dubious national patriarch, and that it is possible that this is a function that many myths with child heroes fulfill.
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