Discussion Questions for “Princess Mononoke”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. The extra credit questions are hard ones, but I’d love to see how you can answer them.

What is the Call to Adventure? What are Ashitaki’s heroic traits and what makes him uniquely qualified for this hero’s quest? How does Ashitaki describe the goal of his journey?

Who is the antagonist in this movie? You may think there are several candidates for this role, but if you had to choose only one, who would you name and why?

What is Ashitaki’s Final Test of Worthiness and what is the Ultimate Boon? How are these similar to and different from the Tests and Boons we’ve seen in our previous movies?

The characters in this movie all have very different ideas of justice, but what wins out at the end? What is the movie trying to say about justice? Is it even attainable? Why or why not?

This film presents men and women in some traditional and some non-traditional roles, but what is the relationship between these men and women. What does the movie want to say about the roles and attitudes of men and women in society?

Extra Credit: One of the main conflicts in this movie seems to be between nature and industry. What does the movie seem to say about the power of economics and struggle over resources in our lives and in our ways of seeing the world? What answers does the movie suggest to these conflicts?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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