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Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell's theory of archetypal characters and what great stories have in common
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Mark Wavra

on 17 October 2013

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Transcript of Hero's Journey

THE HERO'S JOURNEY
Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987
Carl Jung, 1875-1961
Subconscious
Collective unconscious
"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
Prophecy
Invitation
Opportunity
Enticement
Emergency
Gift
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
5. Reinvention
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
Quest
Journey
Mission
Monster
Guardian
Authority
Fear
Loved ones
Training
Learning
Growing
Temptation
Desire
Selfishness
Comfort
The moment of victory
is sublime
Temporary
Transcendent
Going home is
sometimes harder
than leaving
Celebrated
Welcomed
Accepted
Ignored
Rejected
Leave the old world behind
"Thanks, but no thanks"
Knock knock
Just another day in paradise
Montage
Well, here goes nothin'
T-shirt
Oh, you're back
Gaining Allies and Enemies
"Belly of the Whale"
Cocoon
"Meeting with the Goddess"
"Woman as Temptress"--too sexist
Sacrificial Lamb
"Father, why have you forsaken me?"
Apotheosis
(Refusal to Return,
Magical Flight,
and
Rescue from Without)
and Freedom to Live
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