-The hero often has
More Heroic Traits…
• Proves self on Quest
• Journey and Unhealable Wound
• Atonement With Father
• Spiritual Apotheosis
Proves Him or Herself
The hero performs
Journey & Unhealable Wound
Hero descends into a hell-
like area and suffers
wounding from an
encounter with evil
Atonement With Father
The hero either redeems
father’s evil deeds or
reconciles with father over
wrongs done by the hero
Hero is rewarded spiritually at
the end of his, or her life
Aha! –But not all of these characters
have all of the characteristics!
That’s okay. -They don’t really
As long as a hero displays several of these
characteristics, he, or she, is in the club!
Now, can you think of any other
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