Hero’s Journey

I like this site for Hero’s journey:  http://mythologyteacher.com/The-Hero%27s-Journey.php

To quote from the author:

THE HERO’S JOURNEY

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”  Christopher Reeve

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell, an American psychologist and mythological researcher, wrote a famous book entitled The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  In his lifelong research Campbell discovered many common patterns running through hero myths and stories from around the world.  Years of research lead Campbell to discover several basic stages that almost every hero-quest goes through (no matter what culture the myth is a part of).  He calls this common structure “the monomyth.” It is commonly referred to as “The Hero’s Journey.”

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, claims that Campbell’s monomyth was the inspiration for his groundbreaking films.  Lucas also believes that Star Wars is such a popular saga because it taps into a timeless story-structure which has existed for thousands of years.

The Hero’s Journey is a great technique for analyzing all kinds of stories–whether they be myths, legends, films, novels, short stories, plays, or even comic books.  Educating students about the Hero’s Journey encourages them to think about plot structure, character motivation, and theme. It also leads them to consider what qualities they associate with heroes. Are heroes born or are they made? Are there heroes in real-life or must they be larger-than-life? Who are the heroes in our society?

and to add his snazzy picture:

This is the one that hung over my bed in my dorm room.  Love it!

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