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The Hero's Journey

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Logan Orihuela

on 12 April 2016

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The Hero's Journey
Group 1 - Departure
1. Call to Adventure
Character is called on by either another person or event to partake in an adventure of sorts
2. Assistance
The sidekick or helping hand; help for the journey; may come in various forms
3. Departure
Character leaves the status quo for adventure
Group 2 - Growth
Group 3 - Return
9. Return
Character returns to the status quo having changed as a result of the journey
10. New Life
The character now somehow lives differently as a result of their change
11. Resolution
The end of the journey; lesson learned
Let's Recap!
1. A hero is someone who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. An epic hero is a specific type of hero.
2. Joseph Campbell developed the monomyth known as The Hero's Journey, in which a character departs from his/her status quo to go on an adventure, experiences trials along the way, finds success, and returns to the status quo changed in some way. The Hero's Journey includes 11 steps that can be categorized into 3 groups:
Group 1 - Departure: Call to Adventure, Assistance, Departure
Group 2 - Growth: Trials, Approach, Crisis, Treasure, Result
Group 3 - Return: Return, New Life, Resolution
3. The Hero's Journey is found is countless stories in America, as well as around the world. Finding Nemo is a modern example of The Hero's Journey.
What is a hero?
"A person, typically a
, who is
, outstanding
, or noble

Do you agree with this?
What is your definition of a hero?
Who is a hero to you?
Mrs. Orihuela | RHHS | English I CP
Epic Hero
An epic hero is a
seems able to conquer most problems he encounters
, although he
does not possess any “super” powers
. He is
faithful to his family, his country, and his god
He is brave
; although he often
feels fear
, he
overcomes his fears
because he knows he has responsibilities, which are mainly to defeat evil and allow goodness to prevail. The
epic hero is intelligent
. Because he has no special powers, he must
rely on his brain to get him out of difficult situations
. Sometimes, however,
a higher force or being will help guide him on his quest
. This greater force does not do things for him, rather
the force helps him do things for himself
Do you know of any epic heroes?
What do heroes typically do?
The Hero's Journey
This guy...
wrote this book...
about this journey.
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

He believed in something called a "monomyth."
Monomyth - a basic pattern that is found in many narratives around the world
The Hero's Journey is a monomyth.
Joseph Campbell's
Hero's Journey
What modern movies or books can you think of that follow this
4. Trials
Minor obstacles that the character encounters
5. Approach
Gradual approach to the overall goal or destination
6. Crisis
Major issue or obstacle that the character encounters
7. Treasure
Some type of reward or victory
8. Result
The final outcome
The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey
forms the basic template
for all great stories. Its major components involve a heroic character
departing from his/her status quo for adventure

various trials and obstacles
finding success
, and then
returning to status quo changed as a result of the journey
. There are
11 steps
that can be categorized in
3 groups
The Basics
What appears to be the status quo for Marlin and Nemo?
The Hero's Journey
After having completed the journey, the hero exhibits a
noticeable change in character
. His/her change is evidence of the adventure and testimony to the growth that the hero experiences along the way.
The Basics (cont.)
How has Marlin changed as a result of his journey to find Nemo?
How is their status quo the same, but different?
Think of this as the
learned or the
of the story.
It is very important!
Key Vocabulary
- a basic pattern that is found in many narratives around the world
Hero's Journey
- the basic template for all great stories; the tale every culture tells
Epic Hero
- a brave and noble character, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events; does not possess special powers
- a very typical example of a certain person or thing; an original that has been imitated; a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology
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