hero's journeys are over, the hero is rewarded spiritually in some way.
Normally, the hero achieves a life in bliss, often in a place with other heroes,
like Valhalla or the Isle of the Blessed from mythology.
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differ widely at this point. Although the movie version of his life takes many
liberties, the real William Wallace lives on in the spirit of his country, as
shown by his statue in Stirling, Scotland (right). There is no indication of
what happens to Simba but we can infer from the appearance of his father's
spirit that immortality awaits him.
called the "Once and Future King" for good reason. Here's Arthur
being placed on his funeral ship. His body is set adrift to let the sea carry
him off, but he is promised to return one day to reclaim his throne of England.
This promise implies his spirit is waiting somewhere and is not really dead, his
reward for his sacrifice as king.
the painting from the Sistine Chapel showing Moses' life. He's in two places in
this shot, one on the left praying, and again on the right in blue being carried
to heaven by angels. Even though he didn't get into the Promised Land, Moses'
service to Yahweh gained him spiritual reward of heaven.
Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker in spirit form. They all were Jedi Knights
and are now rewarded spiritually for being on the Good Side of the Force,
implying that a Jedi like Luke will be rewarded when his body dies.