Explaining the map/Hero’s Journey

As you can see, the map is very clearly divided into land and sea, the sea being the lighter gold and the land dark brown.

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The red line that represents the soldier’s route and the passage of time also travels anticlockwise around the page, starting in the lighter sea and ending on the beach separating the light and the dark.

This similarity to the layout of another story template was completely intentional:

The beginning of the line signifies the "ordinary world". This ties into the movie because the "ordinary world" does take place before the characters enter Guadalcanal. The "ordinary world" consists of the Melanesian Island where the movie begins, and the army ship.
The beginning of the line signifies the “ordinary world”. This ties into the movie because the “ordinary world” does take place before the characters enter Guadalcanal. The “ordinary world” consists of the Melanesian Island where the movie begins, and the army ship.
"Crossing the first Threshold" This is a literally crossing from the familiar world into the "unknown" and dangerous island of Gauadalcanal.
“Crossing the first Threshold”
This is a literally crossing from the familiar world into the “unknown” and dangerous island of Gauadalcanal.
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“Approach the Inmost Cave” In this part of the movie, the C Company storms Hill 210, which is a secondary Japanese base on the Island. This propels the story in another direction, leading the protagonists into even more dangerous territory to the Japanese soldier’s main camp.
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“The Ordeal” This is the actual historical location of the airfield that the Japanese were using as their base camp. The main protagonists storm the Japanese camp and win.
"Ressurection" This scene is when Witt's company is doing a patrol through the forest and a Japanese squad finds them. Witt is surrounded and has a flashback to the peaceful times when he was staying with the Melanesian natives. He experiences true serenity. In a last blissful motion he raises his gun but is shot down.
“Ressurection”
This scene is when Witt’s company is doing a patrol through the forest and a Japanese squad finds them. Witt is surrounded and has a flashback to the peaceful times when he was staying with the Melanesian natives. He experiences true serenity. In a last blissful motion he raises his gun but is shot down.
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“Return with the Elixir” The surviving soldiers leave the island at the end of the movie. They have won back the islands and lost many friends along the way, but leave as more experienced and stronger characters than they were when they arrived on the island.
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