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The hero’s journey

  1. 1. In Greek Mythology The Hero’s Journey
  2. 2. The hero’s journey <ul><li>A pattern of storytelling: </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving an ordinary home </li></ul><ul><li>Following a Call to Adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving help from guardian, sidekicks, special weapons </li></ul><ul><li>Crossing the threshold into the new world </li></ul><ul><li>Facing challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming temptations </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving the goal </li></ul><ul><li>Returning home, having learned new lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In mythology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern movies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our own life experiences </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a hero? <ul><li>Someone who leaves the world of their ordinary life </li></ul><ul><li>to undergo a journey to a special world , </li></ul><ul><li>where challenges and fears are overcome in order to achieve a goal. </li></ul><ul><li>The achievement is then shared with other members of the hero’s community </li></ul><ul><li>when he returns home. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Call to Adventure <ul><li>Ordinary home : protagonist (main character) has a home he wants to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Returns to home after the journey </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Call to Adventure <ul><li>Call to Adventure : Sets the story rolling </li></ul><ul><li>Something disrupts the hero’s ordinary life at home </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge is presented </li></ul>
  6. 6. Call to Adventure <ul><li>Refusal of the call : At first, he chooses not to move forward </li></ul><ul><li>He does not want to not give up his position, power, ideals, goals, or responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Based on his fear of the unknown. </li></ul>I don’t WANNA GO!
  7. 7. Guardians, sidekicks, and special weapons <ul><li>Guardians : inexperienced hero gets help from a supernatural character </li></ul><ul><li>Provides guidance and advice </li></ul><ul><li>Companions or sidekicks support him on the journey. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Guardians, sidekicks, and special weapons <ul><li>Weapons: Receives a special weapon, or item (sword, encouragement, etc.) to help with their step forward into the unknown. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Crossing the threshold <ul><li>Crossing the threshold: moves out of his ordinary world, into a new world. </li></ul><ul><li>Confronted with an obstacle that must be overcome before he can fully enter the dangers of the unknown journey. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Crossing the threshold <ul><li>Hero commits to the journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Mental journey merges with the physical journey </li></ul><ul><li>Helps the character understand his purpose. </li></ul>
  11. 11. New challenges <ul><li>Hero is tested, usually in dangerous situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes new allies and new enemies </li></ul><ul><li>Relies on the help of his special weapon and assistance from guide/companions. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Overcoming Temptation <ul><li>Someone or something tries to destroy the journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Often, destroyer has been sent by a larger evil to stop the hero. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Overcoming Temptation <ul><li>Overcomes his lack of knowledge and fears </li></ul><ul><li>Grows to accept his role as a hero. </li></ul><ul><li>Begins to learn new lessons </li></ul>
  14. 14. Achievement of the goal <ul><li>Hero becomes confident, and often receives gifts and/or emotional rewards. </li></ul><ul><li>Understands how the ultimate goal can be accomplished and the mission is completed </li></ul>
  15. 15. Return home <ul><li>Hero returns to the ordinary world </li></ul><ul><li>Can adjust to who he might be in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Has learned lesson about who he is, transformed </li></ul><ul><li>There is no longer fear </li></ul>
  16. 16. The hero’s journey in YOU <ul><li>We are born </li></ul><ul><li>We will separate from our families </li></ul><ul><li>We will have dark and light times in life </li></ul><ul><li>We will have friends who help and guide </li></ul><ul><li>We will be faced with difficult hurdles </li></ul><ul><li>We will have to prove ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>We will triumph </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The Hero’s Journey in modern movies </li></ul>
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