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Transcript of Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987
Carl Jung, 1875-1961
"The myth is the public dream, the dream is the personal myth"
1. The World of Common Day
A boring world...
A broken world...
2. Call to Adventure
3. Refusal of the Call
Shows that the hero is human, like us
Shows the risk involved; change is scary
The status quo may not be great,
but at least it's known
4. Crossing the First Threshold
The threshold is the barrier
between the known and the unknown,
More risk and more reward
6. The Road of Trials
7. The Ugly Truth
8. Overcoming Earthly Attachments
9. Act of Faith or Self-Sacrifice
10. Moment of Perfection
11. Ultimate Reward
12. Crossing the Return Threshold
13. Master of Two Worlds
The series of challenges
that test and train the hero
for the final confrontation
Somewhere along the way
the hero creates a new identity, dies and is reborn,
or dies a symbolic death
Somewhere along the way,
the hero learns the truth of their existence or the terrible consequences
if the mission is a failure
In order to succeed, the hero may need to sacrifice something they desire or something to which they have grown attached
At the climax of the story, during the final showdown,
the hero is defined not by strength or smarts,
but by sacrifice
Atonement with the Father
The moment of victory
Going home is
Leave the old world behind
"Thanks, but no thanks"
Just another day in paradise
Well, here goes nothin'
Oh, you're back
Gaining Allies and Enemies
"Belly of the Whale"
"Meeting with the Goddess"
"Woman as Temptress"--too sexist
"Father, why have you forsaken me?"
(Refusal to Return,
Rescue from Without)
and Freedom to Live