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The Hero's Journey with examples
Transcript of The Hero's Journey with examples
Equipment #3. Supernatural Aid #5. Apotheosis #4. Atonement with the Father #2. Magic Flight #1. The Refusal of Return Joseph Campbell:
March, 1904- October, 1987 Departure #1. Call to Adventure Some hero's wait for adventure or seek it out . . .
While some are caught up in something they were not expecting. . . danger and adventure come to them! The "reluctant" hero.
A message. #2. Refusal of Call The protagonist/antagonist might refuse the 'Call to Adventure'. Mentors
New Power #4. The Crossing of the First Threshold A WHOLE NEW WORLD! #5. Belly of the Whale (Dun Dun Dun) "It's too late to turn back now...." Initiation Stage 2: Stage 1: Examples Harry Potter receives a letter inviting him to Hogwarts. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) Gandolf comes to Bilbo's birthday party and hears rumors about Sauruaman gathering his forces. (Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring) When Luke Skywalker discovers Princess Leia's message: Please help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you're my only hope! (Star Wars IV) Examples When Luke debates(whines) about not being able to do anything against the Empire. (Star Wars IV) Buffy doesn't want to be the Slayer, just a normal girl. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Examples Master Shi Fu decides to train Po. (Kung-Fu Panda) When Steve Rogers is transformed into a very muscular guy, and becomes Captain America. (Captain America: the First Avenger) When Luke Skywalker receives a lightsaber, and training from his mentors Obi Wan Kanobi, and the Jedi master Yoda. (Star Wars I) Examples When Harry Potter first enters Diagon Alley. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) When Luke and Obi Wan go to the Mos Eisley cantina. (Star Wars IV) When Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson leave 221B Baker Street and go to a crime scene for the first time. (A Study in Scarlet) Examples Beowulf dives into the pool in the fen to fight Grendel's Mother. (Beowulf) When Jonah is literally inside the belly of a whale. (The Holy Bible) When Harry Potter enters the Forbidden Forest and faces Voldemort (the murderer of his parents) for the first time. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) When the hero receives help from... When the hero first enters a new world or situation. When the hero reaches a point of no return. :) #1. Road of Trials #2. Meeting with the Goddess #3. Woman as Temptress The series of events (mostly trials) that the hero goes through after leaving home. These trials help to further develop the hero character, and to build tension for the story. Examples Frodo's journey to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring. (The Lord of the Rings) Pretty much all of Finding Nemo... the sharks, the Angler Fish, the jellyfish, etc. etc. (Finding Nemo) A big part of the Odyssey is road of trials: the Cicones, Cyclops, Circe, Sirens, Cattle of the Sun, etc. etc. (The Odyssey) "I feel so complete!!" Examples When Harrry discovers that he likes Ginny, and that Ginny likes him back. :) (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) "A Girl Worth Fighting For"- the soldiers describe the 'perfect' girl. (Mulan) When the protagonist/antagonist meets someone that they greatly admire. (Usually ends up being a pretty girl.) When Beowulf talks to King Hrothgar and Qween Wealtheow about Grendel and his Mother. (Beowulf) Someone (or something) who distracts the hero. Examples #6. Ultimate Boon #3. Crossing of the Return Threshold #4. Master of Two Worlds #5. Freedom to Live Transition from egocentric hero to self-less hero! Realizes that their life is not in their hands. The lull between changing themselves and the world. "With great power comes great responsibility..." Using the power for good! Examples "The other world is just so cool!!" (Once the hero has finished his/her quest, they may not want to return home.The other world is more appealing.) Examples δ δ δ δ (It doesn't necessarily have to be a woman, but often times it is.) HERO When Edmund is treated with Turkish Delight, and is promised more if he brings his brother and sisters to the White Witch's castle. (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) Doesn't that mean that the Turkish Delight is the temptress? ... 0_o Lust and Envy try to distract and trick the Elric brothers into making a Philosopher's Stone . (Full-Metal Alchemist) When Darth Sideous and Darth Vader (obviously pretty girls...) tempts Luke to join the Dark Side by offering him power. (Star Wars V) Examples When Harry goes into the Forbidden Forest, and is ready to die so that his friends could kill Voldemort. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) When Simba returns to Pride Rock, to take responsibility as king of the lions. (Lion King) Goku sacrifices himself in order to save the world . . .several times ! (Dragon Ball, Z, GT) Comes to a realization about the purpose of life, and the purpose of themselves. Examples "Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me." (Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi) Bruce Banner is afraid of becoming the Hulk, so he shuts himself away from the world. But he realizes that he can use his powers for good. (The Incredible Hulk) The Grinch hates Christmas, but finally realizes that the holiday has more to it than the trees and the presents and the trinkets. And "His heart grew three sizes that day". (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Beowulf receives the gifts from Hrothgar and Wealtheow after defeating Grendel and his Mother. (Beowulf) Sophie realizes that she does have magical powers and they can be useful. (Howl's Moving Castle) Peter Parker understands the meaning of his Uncle Ben's last words. (Spiderman) When the hero must escape! They escape at the last second, barely surviving. In myths and folktales, the flight is usually literally a 'magic flight' (faeries, flying bison, etc. etc.). At the end of almost every Harry Potter book/movie, Harry doesn't want to go back to the muggle world. (Harry Potter) Simba does not want to return to Pride Rock and take his place as king. (The Lion King) Sam doesn't want to leave The Grid without his father. (Tron: Legacy) Examples Appa. (Flying bison that often whisks the Avatar and his friends away to safety.) (Avatar: The Last Airbender) When Elliot is helping E.T. escape the government, E.T. makes the bike fly. (E.T. Extra Terrestrial) When Aladdin uses either the Magic Carpet or Genie to return him to Agrabah.
(Disney's Aladdin) Things are back to normal. The hero finishes their quest, and can return home. The Return Threshold HERO Examples :) When Alice returns from Wonderland. (Alice in Wonderland) When Mulan can finally return home (after getting a nice pat on the back from the Emperor). (Disney's Mulan) When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy go through the wardrobe again, and return home. (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) The hero has mastered both the physical and spiritual world. Some sources say that this step is in fact, the final conflict between the hero and the antagonist. Examples When Aang becomes a fully-realized Avatar, he can control himself in the Avatar state. (Avatar: The Last Airbender) When Luke finally becomes a Jedi Master, and masters 'the Force'. (Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi) When Dorothy "returns" to Kansas, and discovers that her friends from Oz are actually based on her friends at home. She returns home, yet keeps Oz with her. (The Wizard of Oz) The hero is free to live without fear of death. They are free to live the life they choose. Examples Odysseus is free to live his life with his wife after he returns home. (The Odyssey) After Harry and his friends kill Voldemort, they are free to live their lives. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ) When Marlin and Nemo finally reunite, they are both free to live their lives. (Finding Nemo) HERO Stage 3: Return! When Chihiro runs away after discovering her parents have been turned into pigs. (Spirited Away) Po doesn't want to leave the Jade Palace to fight Tai Long (Kung Fu Panda) Ang makes contact with his previous lives as the Avatar. (Avatar: The Last Air Bender) When Ichigo goes to the Soul Society for the first time to save Rukia. (Bleach) Merida escapes into the forest with her mother. (Brave) Bruce Wayne learns to live as both Bruce and Batman. (Batman Begins) One of his most influential works was "The Hero With a Thousand Faces". 1949 Beowulf hears the songs of the poets about the plight of the Danes. (Beowulf) Lighting McQueen doesn't want to stay in Radiator Springs. (Cars) Goku gets training from King Kai. (Dragon Ball Z) Neo merges with Agent Smith in order to save two worlds. (The Matrix : Revolutions) Po gets the Dragon Scroll and understands it's meaning. (Kung-Fu Panda) #6. The Final Departure The Hero either dies or must leave, but usually with the promise of a return when needed or leaves a "gift" for the world Examples: King Arthur will return when England needs him the most. (Once and Future King) Beowulf leaves Wiglaf with his story to be told when the world will understand it. (Beowulf) Frodo leaves for the Undying Lands and tells Sam that he must finish the story. (The Lord of the Rings)