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A short ppt used to supplement course materials on Joseph Campbell's Hero and the Quest.

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    Joseph Campbell Hero And Quest Joseph Campbell Hero And Quest Presentation Transcript

    • “ Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth: Hero with a Thousand Faces By Dr. L. Nicosia
    • Based on the pattern of :
      • Separation
      • Initiation
      • Return
    • Separation:
      • The Call to Adventure
      • Refusal of the Call
      • Supernatural Intervention
      • Crossing the first threshold
    • Initiation:
      • The Road of Trials
      • Meeting with the Goddess/Witch
      • Temptation
      • Atonement with Father
      • Apotheosis
      • The Boon
    • The Hero returns
    • Upon His Return He Faces:
      • A fallen homeland
      • A land in disarray
      • A trap
      • OR
      • A warm welcome as savior
    • Campbell identifies the hero’s journey with even more specificity…
    • Stages of the Hero’s Journey:
      • Birth with fabulous circumstances
      • Call to adventure
      • Helper/Amulet (wizard, dwarf, fairy godmother)
      • Crossing the threshold (The Ordeal)
    • And then…
      • The Test —violent encounters with monsters, sorcerers, warriors or forces of nature
      • Helpers assist in the tests and serve as loyal companions.
      • The final battle facilitates resolution
    • There’s still more…
      • The Flight
      • The Return (awakening, rebirth, resurrection or emergence from a cave or forest)
      • The Elixir (may be a restorative or healer, but may also define the hero’s role in society)
      • Home
    • These characters tussle with critical moral and ethical dilemmas:
      • They struggle with their own human flaws and weaknesses (Hamartia?)
      • They confront external obstacles and injustices (successfully or not)
      • They learn to navigate power structures (or capitulate to the hegemony)
    • Through their struggles,they teach us about who we are and who we wish to be (or not to be).
    • What is YOUR definition of a Hero?
    • What is the classical definition of a Hero as per Aristotle?
      • Protagonist of high standing
      • Hamartia
      • Downfall/Reversal of fortune as a result of hamartia
      • Catharsis
      • Epiphany
      • Death
    • Are they Heroes, today, according to Arthur Miller?
        • Protagonist may be a “Common Man”
        • Protagonist has a flaw or makes a mistake/misstep
        • Experiences a reversal of fortune
        • Audience experiences a purgation of emotion (catharsis)
        • Protagonist may experience a literal OR a figurative “death”
    • Tragedy and the Common Man
      • You can access Arthur Miller’s essay through “External Links” on our Blackboard site or at this address directly:
      • <http://vccslitonline.cc.va.us/tragedy/milleressay.htm>
    • As we read through these Great Books this semester:
      • We will question whether the Hero, his/her quest and his/her ideals are still valid and useful in today’s world.
      • We will search for commonalities between the texts of the ancients and our contemporary literatures of today.
    • The End… Or, is it just the beginning? L. Nicosia 2006