MAKING THE COMPLEX SIMPLE:
THE HERO’S JOURNEY IN FILM
2das Jornadas Internacionales
Literatura y Medios Audiovisuales
en L...
SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHING GREAT
A PERSON WITH SPECIAL POWERS

SOMEONE WHO HELPS OTHERS
AN ADVENTURER
SOMEONE WHO IS NEVER ...
OTHERS

62% 35%

3%

Kids 11 to 14 years old
JOSEPH CAMPBELL
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGIST
(1904-1987)

THE ARCHETYPAL HERO
(FOLLOWING JUNG)

THE MONOMYTH
(HERO’S JOURNEY)
AN ARQUETYPE
A recurring pattern of character or situation found in
mythology, religion and stories from all cultures

Uni...
ARQUETYPAL HEROES
SHARE CERTAIN
CHARACTERISTICS
UNUSUAL BIRTH

SPECIAL WEAPON
SUPERNATURAL HELP

GREAT OBSTACLES

SEE THE PATTERN?
THE MONOMYTH
An archetypal plot
An ancient story pattern found
In texts from hundreds of years
ago as well as in new Holly...
THE MONOMYTH
“lt will always be the one,
shape-shifting yet marvelously
constant story that we find,
together with a chall...
THE MONOMYTH
HARRY POTTER AND THE
SOURCERER’S STONE
THE NARNIA CHRONICLES – THE LION,
THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
THE WIZAR...
DEPARTURE

1

THE HERO IS INTRODUCED IN
HIS/HER ORDINARY WORLD
DEPARTURE

2

CALL TO ADVENTURE
DEPARTURE

3

REFUSAL OF THE CALL
DEPARTURE

4

MEETING WITH THE MENTOR
DEPARTURE

5

CROSSING THE FIRST THRESHOLD
DEPARTURE

6

TESTS, ALLIES, ENEMIES
DEPARTURE

7

APPROACHING THE INMOST CAVE
INITIATION

8

ORDEAL (CENTRAL CRISIS)
INITIATION

9

REWARD
RETURN

10

THE ROAD BACK
RETURN

11

RESURRECTION
“Only birth can conquer death –
not of the old thing again
but of something new.”
Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousan...
RETURN

12

RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR

There’s
no place
like
home!
“HEROES TAKE UP JOURNEYS,
CONFRONT DRAGONS,
AND DISCOVER THE TREASURE
OF THEIR TRUE SELVES.”
Carol Pearson
The Hero Within
WE ALL FIGHT
OUR JABBERWOCKIES
FROM TIME TO TIME.

RELAX AND
ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
IN THE CLASSROOM

http://www.readwritethink.org
IN THE CLASSROOM

http://www.readwritethink.org
IN THE CLASSROOM

http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero
IN THE CLASSROOM

www.comiclife.com
IN THE CLASSROOM

http://whatwouldyoulook.com/
Thank you!

Find this presentation at www.madaboutelt.com

@madaboutelt
REFERENCES
Campbell, J. (1949) The Hero with a
Thousand Faces. New Jersey: Princeton
University Press.
Pearson, C. (1944) ...
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  1. 1. MAKING THE COMPLEX SIMPLE: THE HERO’S JOURNEY IN FILM 2das Jornadas Internacionales Literatura y Medios Audiovisuales en Lenguas Extranjeras Universidad Nacional de San Martín lES en Lenguas Vivas “J.R. Fernández” 19, 20 y 21 septiembre 2013 Bárbara Paola García www.madaboutelt.com
  2. 2. SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHING GREAT A PERSON WITH SPECIAL POWERS SOMEONE WHO HELPS OTHERS AN ADVENTURER SOMEONE WHO IS NEVER AFRAID
  3. 3. OTHERS 62% 35% 3% Kids 11 to 14 years old
  4. 4. JOSEPH CAMPBELL AMERICAN MYTHOLOGIST (1904-1987) THE ARCHETYPAL HERO (FOLLOWING JUNG) THE MONOMYTH (HERO’S JOURNEY)
  5. 5. AN ARQUETYPE A recurring pattern of character or situation found in mythology, religion and stories from all cultures Universal, the product of the collective unconscious and Inherited from our ancestors We don’t “invent” arquetypes; they are part of our ancestral memory and they simply appear In religion and our production of art The archetypal hero is not out there in the world; he/she is a deeply rooted part of us
  6. 6. ARQUETYPAL HEROES SHARE CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS
  7. 7. UNUSUAL BIRTH SPECIAL WEAPON SUPERNATURAL HELP GREAT OBSTACLES SEE THE PATTERN?
  8. 8. THE MONOMYTH An archetypal plot An ancient story pattern found In texts from hundreds of years ago as well as in new Hollywood blockbusters An internal journey - the transformation from ordinary Into extraordinary
  9. 9. THE MONOMYTH “lt will always be the one, shape-shifting yet marvelously constant story that we find, together with a challenging persistent suggestion of more remaining to be experienced that will ever be known or told.” Joseph Campbell The Hero with the Thousand Faces
  10. 10. THE MONOMYTH HARRY POTTER AND THE SOURCERER’S STONE THE NARNIA CHRONICLES – THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE THE WIZARD OF OZ ALICE IN WONDERLAND Following Christopher Vogler The Writer’s Journey
  11. 11. DEPARTURE 1 THE HERO IS INTRODUCED IN HIS/HER ORDINARY WORLD
  12. 12. DEPARTURE 2 CALL TO ADVENTURE
  13. 13. DEPARTURE 3 REFUSAL OF THE CALL
  14. 14. DEPARTURE 4 MEETING WITH THE MENTOR
  15. 15. DEPARTURE 5 CROSSING THE FIRST THRESHOLD
  16. 16. DEPARTURE 6 TESTS, ALLIES, ENEMIES
  17. 17. DEPARTURE 7 APPROACHING THE INMOST CAVE
  18. 18. INITIATION 8 ORDEAL (CENTRAL CRISIS)
  19. 19. INITIATION 9 REWARD
  20. 20. RETURN 10 THE ROAD BACK
  21. 21. RETURN 11 RESURRECTION
  22. 22. “Only birth can conquer death – not of the old thing again but of something new.” Joseph Campbell The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  23. 23. RETURN 12 RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR There’s no place like home!
  24. 24. “HEROES TAKE UP JOURNEYS, CONFRONT DRAGONS, AND DISCOVER THE TREASURE OF THEIR TRUE SELVES.” Carol Pearson The Hero Within
  25. 25. WE ALL FIGHT OUR JABBERWOCKIES FROM TIME TO TIME. RELAX AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
  26. 26. IN THE CLASSROOM http://www.readwritethink.org
  27. 27. IN THE CLASSROOM http://www.readwritethink.org
  28. 28. IN THE CLASSROOM http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero
  29. 29. IN THE CLASSROOM www.comiclife.com
  30. 30. IN THE CLASSROOM http://whatwouldyoulook.com/
  31. 31. Thank you! Find this presentation at www.madaboutelt.com @madaboutelt
  32. 32. REFERENCES Campbell, J. (1949) The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Pearson, C. (1944) The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By. New York: Harper & Row. Vogler, C. (1998) The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. California: Michael Wiese Prod.

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