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The Journey in Where the Wild Things Are


Kate LaClair

on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of The Journey in Where the Wild Things Are

"destiny has summoned the hero and
transferred his spiritual center of gravity
from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown."
Joseph Campbell
Refusal of the call
Meeting the mentor/Supernatural aid
Suggests that nature supports the hero and that hero has all of unconscious powers at his control.
The First Threshold
leaves for adventure, crossing into the unknown
"Such custodians bound the world in four directions - also up and down - standing for the limits of the hero's present sphere, or life horizon. Beyond them is darkness, the unknown and danger..."-Campbell
The Journey
Tests, Allies, Enemies
1st look at special world and its rules
prepares hero for challenges ahead
tests determination to complete journey
Approach to the inmost cave
planning for ordeal
maps viewed
attacks planned
enemy's forces diminished
reorganize forces depleted during tests
may signal a ticking clock, or heightening of stakes
The Ordeal
Life or death crisis
faces greatest fear
experiences "death"
sword, elixir, knowledge, love
The road back
"the dark night of the soul
completion of the journey
back to the ordinary world
inspired by an event
ticking clock
death in ordinary world
villian's return
final life/death ordeal
other lives or world at stake
hero has retained all learned
The Return
returns w/ elixir
magic potion
rewards + punishments
The Call to Adventure
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