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The Hero's Journey & the Virgin's Promise

You've likely heard about the Hero's Journey, but do you understand it? What about its feminine counter-part, the Virgin's Promise? Explore these archetypes of personal growth and learn patterns that can add dimension and vitality to your characters.
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Deren Hansen

on 1 May 2015

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Transcript of The Hero's Journey & the Virgin's Promise

Act II
Act I
Act III
Act II
The Hero's Journey & the Virgin's Promise
Archetypes for Better Characters
Archetypes
Believable Characters Behave and Change According to well-understood (if not well-articulated) patterns.
Anth 101: Hunter/Gatherer
Majority of human histotry
Resources
prezi.com/user/derenhansen
dunlithhill.com
Gender-typical experiences
Social Core & Periphery
Every person must make the journey from childhood to adulthood.
The Ordinary World
We meet the restless would-be hero and see the worthy community in which he lives.
Which Hero's Journey?
Joseph Campbell
Web: some versions claim 188 or 510 steps
Screenplays: Chris Vogler & Kim Hudson
The Call to Adventure
The hero learns that something is amiss: a growing peril threatens the hero's ordinary world.
Refusing the Call
Whether because of obligations, lack of preparation, or some sense of the difficulties in store, the hero declines the call in favor of the safety of the ordinary world.
Meeting the Mentor
The hero is rescued from his fears, or from trouble caused by his naivety, by someone who has been down a similar road and survived.
Crossing the Threshold
The hero passes the point of no return and commits himself to the journey.
Tests, Allies, & Enemies
The Hero explores the special world, learning who he can and cannot trust.
Approaching the Cave
With the help of his new allies, the hero perpares to confront the peril.
The Ordeal
The hero discovers the true scope of the peril, often at the cost of some of his allies, and barely escapes with his life.
The Reward
But the hero doesn't come away from the ordeal empty-handed: though the cost was high, the hero retrieved an object or gained information that makes it possible to defeat the peril.
The Road Back
With full knowledge of the scope of the peril, and the fate that likely awaits him, the hero chooses the path that will lead to the final confrontation.
Final Battle & Resurrection
Drawing upon all his resources, particularly his heretofore unknown internal strength, the hero transcends certain death to defeat the peril.
Return with the Elixir
The hero returns to his community a new man, using the power he has gained through his journey to bring healing and peace.
The Dependent World
We see the world upon which the virgin is dependent and in which she has a predetermined role.
The Price of Conformity
We see how the virgin supresses her true self to conform to the wishes of those around her and get a glimpse of what could happen if she doesn't conform.
Opportunity to Shine
Through accident or oversight the virgin stumbles into a situation in which she discovers or reveals some of her potential.
Dresses the Part
The virgin tests the possibility that her dream might be realized by figuratively or literally trying it on in a joyful burst of exploration.
The Secret World
The virgin creates a secret place in which to nurture her dream.
No Longer Fits Her World
As the virgin grows more confident in her dream, the tension of juggling the secret and dependent worlds grows as well.
Caught Shining
The virgin's secret and dependent worlds collide when she is discovered acting outside her appointed role.
Gives Up What Kept Her Stuck
Faced with censure (or worse) the virgin gives up the attachments to her dependent world that kept her torn between it and her dream.
The Kingdom in Chaos
The virgin's actions upset the order of the dependent world, which rallies its forces to bring her back into conformity.
Wanders in the Wilderness
Doubting herself because of the chaos in the kingdom, the virgin's convictions are tested and she's tempted to repent and return to her dependent world.
Chooses Her Light
The virgin chooses her dream: "She would rather shine than be safe."
The Reordering (Rescue)
The virgin's dependent world is reordered (sometimes forcibly) and recognizes her value when she lives as her true self.
The Kingdom is Brighter
Because of the virgin's challenge and the consequent reordering of her world, everyone is better off.
Just an Academic Exercise?
The Ordinary World
The Call to Action
Refusing the Call
Meeting the Mentor
Crossing the Threshold
Tests, Allies, & Ememies
Approaching the Cave
The Ordeal
The Reward
The Road Back
Final Battle (Resurrection)
Return with the Elixir
The Dependent World
The Price of Conformity
Opportunity to Shine
Dresses the Part
The Secret World
No Longer Fits Her World
Caught Shining
Gives up Sticking Point
The Kingdom in Chaos
Wanders in the Wilderness
Choses Her Light
Re-ordering (Rescue)
The Kingdom is Brighter
No, Failure Points
Act I
Act III
Archetypes of Growth
Community
Internal
External
Lesson
Character Development
Internal
External
Self-fulfillment
Self-Sacrifice
Not Constraints, but Melodies with which to Improvise
History and Myth
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