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Journey of the Hero

An in-depth look at the Heroe's Journey through "Shrek". Grades 6-8 SpringBoard
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Jen Simpson

on 26 February 2013

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Transcript of Journey of the Hero

The Departure Step 3 An in-depth look at the hero through "Shrek" The Hero's Journey The Call To
Adventure The future hero is first given
notice that his or her life is
going to change. Shrek reads a sign posted in the forest that Lord Farquaad
is rounding up magical creatures. Refusal of
the Call: The future hero often refuses to
accept the Call to Adventure.
The refusal may stem from a
sense of duty, an obligation,
a fear, or insecurity. Fairy tale characters invade the swamp and request Shrek’s help.
He refuses. He just wants to be left ALONE! The Beginning of
the Adventure: This is the point
where the hero actually
begins the adventure,
leaving the known limits
of his or her world and
venturing into an unknown
and dangerous realm where
the rules and limits are
unknown. Shrek heads to the castle to meet with Lord Farquaad, so the fairy tale characters will leave his swamp. Step 1: Step 2: The Initiation The Road of
Trials: The road of trials is a series
of tests,tasks, or challenges
that the hero must undergo
as part of the hero’s
transformation. Often the hero
fails one or more of these
tests, which often occur
in threes. Shrek sets out on a journey with donkey to rescue Fiona from the fire breathing dragon. The Experience
with
Unconditional Love: During the Road of Trials,
the hero experiences unconditional love and support from a friend, mentor, or family
member. This love often
drives the hero to continue
on the journey, even when
the hero doubts him/herself. Ex 1: Fiona falls in love with Shrek even though he’s an “ugly” ogre.
Ex 2: Donkey devotes himself passionately to winning Shrek’s friendship. The Ultimate
Boon: The goal of the quest
is achieved. All the previous steps serve
to prepare and
purify the
hero for this step. Shrek rescues Fiona from the dragon and brings her to Lord Farquaad. The Return Refusal of
the Return: When the goal of the adventure has been accomplished, the hero
may refuse to return with the
boon or gift, either because the
hero doubts the return will bring
change, or because the hero
prefers to stay in a better place
rather than return to a normal
life of pain and trouble. Shrek returns to the swamp, but he’s miserable. The Magic
Flight: The hero experiences adventure and
perhaps danger as
he or she returns to
life as it was before
the adventure. Shrek must rescue Fiona before she marries Lord Farquaad. Rescue from
Without: Just as the hero may need guides
and assistants on the quest,
oftentimes he or she must have
powerful guides and rescuers
to bring him or her back to
everyday life, especially if the
hero has been wounded or
weakened by the experience. Or,
perhaps the hero doesn’t realize
that it is time to return, that he
or she can return, or that others
need his or her gift. Shrek needs the help of donkey and dragon to defeat Lord Farquaad and rescue Fiona. The Crossing,
or Return
Threshold: At this final point in
the adventure, the hero must
retain the wisdom gained on the quest, integrate that wisdom into his or her previous life, and
perhaps decide how to share
the wisdom with the rest of the world. Shrek learns he needs love and friendship, and
that love can conquer evil. All text comes from the
CollegeBoard curriculum
through the Level 3
Spring Board textbook.
All pictures are courtesy of
Dreamworks.com.
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