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The Heros Journey

  1. 1. The Hero’s Journey What does Luke, Bilbo, Arthur, Neo and Frodo have in common?
  2. 2. Campbell’s paradigme • Joseph Campbell saw three distinct section in any tale » The beginning » The trials » The conclusion • He claimed that all myths follow the same structure The monomyth (mono = one)
  3. 3. Campbell’s paradigme • He then saw that this also applied to Hero stories… They all follow the same basic principal idea • The idea is that all heroes: » » » » Leave their mundane lives to go on some journey Are tested and they go through hardships Find a cause and meet with the ultimate evil Return as masters • Campbell’s theory was welcomed by many, one of them was George Lucas
  4. 4. Campbell’s paradigme Freedom to live The call to adventure Master of two worlds Refusal of the call The crossing of the return threshold Supernatural aid Conclusion Rescue from without Beginning Crossing of the first threshold The magical flight Belly of the whale Refusal of the return The Trials The road of trials Meeting with the godess The ultimate boon Apotheosis Atonement with the father Woman as the temptess
  5. 5. Leaving • Sometimes our hero really, really wants to leave but is stuck some how. • Our hero discovers a problem! (Siddhartha understands that his world is sheltered) • Leaving is never easy: our hero doubt him/her own abilities • The guide urges the hero on. Because… • • • • He/She is too old He/She is not the one who can do anything He/She is not strong enough He/She might not even be human
  6. 6. The Threshold • Our hero meet a new and darker world • He isn’t in control and might be a bit scared
  7. 7. The unknown • Our hero is flung in into a dark and hostile world • He is faced with the problem that led him into the adventure
  8. 8. The first fight Lucas tosses his hero into a fierce battle he might not be ready for. Then again faced with his first obsticle: no hero manages to get it right the first time around…just look at Neo This is where the ”belly of the whale” step comes in and our hero seemes lost
  9. 9. Learning Luke then faces the difficult road of trials, which includes: • • • • getting to know the ”godess” he helped save, be tempted by her having to take charge (grow up a bit) Kill people … This results in a bigger battle between our hero’s mentor and the ultimate villain, in this case
  10. 10. Final battle …which makes the hero go into Atonement and Apoteosis. Learning that Ben was more than a firend or a mentor. He was a father. He is a bit angry with Ben but he has to let that anger go = Atonement Obi Wan Kenobi comes to luke in spirit form and tells him that he is ready And thus is a hero born, taught and fully made
  11. 11. Returning Some Heroes find returning problematic but Luke has no problem coming back because he is now a pilot and a hero to many … much he has to learn, still
  12. 12. Can we see this journey in any book? The Spy who Came in from the Cold? • Let me help you: • Yes we do have a beginning of some sort. Leamas wants out, we do meet a mentor of some sort • No, he does not really follow the trials and does not have some close father figure. We do not get to know that much about his physical journey • Perhaps Leamas’ journey is more psychological. Does he struggle with conflicts in his mind?
  13. 13. Can we see this journey in any book? Pride and Prejudice? • Let me help you: • Yes, Elizabeth is annoyed with her situation, hell – she is annoyed with womens situation and wish for something else – to marry out of love. • No she does not go on a journey like Luke but she does travel to Bingley’s house and a new and different way of life. She is tempted in a way as well • Perhaps we have to dig deeper into her emotional side and her pride. Maybe it is a journey of letting go?