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The Challenge of the Hero's Journey
Transcript of The Challenge of the Hero's Journey
The future hero is first given notice that his or her life is going to change.
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.
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.
The Hero's Journey
The hero's journey is similar to going on a journey as a way of discovering oneself....
The journey may be literally moving from place to place.
It may be an internal journey of self-discovery.
The challenges the hero will face might test the the following:
hero's physical prowess
hero's willingness to sacrifice himself
The Challenge of the
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 on or more of these tests, which often occur in threes.
According to Joseph Campbell, the hero's journey can be called archetypical because all heroes' journeys follow a similar pattern. The following are what Campbell considers the key elements of such a journey. Through encounters with different heroes' stories, I am able to make connections between the hero's journey and their story. The following will explain the steps of the hero's journey, as well as examples I will provide from the movie "Batman Begins".
The Experience of Unconditional Love
During the Road of Trials, the hero experiences unconditional love and support from a friend, mentor, family member. This love often drives the hero to continue on the journey, even when the hero doubts him/herself.
The Ultimate Boon
The goal of the quest is achieved. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step.
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.
The Magic Flight
The hero experiences adventure and perhaps danger as he or she returns to life as it was before the adventure.
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.
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.
Bruce Wayne's parents are murdered when he is a young boy. Soon after, he falls into a well with thousands of bats and is filled with fear.
Instead of following in his parent's footsteps and seeking positive solutions to the problems of Gotham City, Bruce disappears and ends up in a foreign prison.
After leaving prison, Bruce Wayne is invited to the top of the mountain to find what he's looking for.
After being trained as a ninja, Bruce Wayne must face his fear of bats as well as of death.
Bruce Wayne remembers and is inspired by the love of his parents, as well as the values they stood for.
Batman defeats the League of Shadows and saves Gotham City.
Bruce Wayne must decide if he should rebuild his burned home and his life in Gotham City, living as Bruce Wayne and Batman.
After defeating the League of Shadows, Batman decides he must dedicate his life to Gotham City, fighting crime and returning order.
Alfred serves as Bruce Wayne's mentor and guide.
Bruce Wayne learns that he must face his fears. Even though the situation in the city is bleak, it is not without hope. He must make personal sacrifices to give hope to the people.
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