Set-Up: We’ve just begun to explore Joseph Campbell’s concept of the “hero’s journey” in class this week as a way to better understand the universal elements that all ‘story’ heroes — regardless of culture, language, plot, medium, etc. — seem to have in common.
Over time, we’ll see that this extends beyond literature/movies to include ‘real’ people from history, entertainment, etc. Yes, pop culture fans: even Britney. [wink]
With that said, I’m curious if you can find a single book or movie that has a majority of Campbell’s “hero’s journey” stages in it. More importantly, I’m curious if you can creatively analyze a book or movie to find these even if there is no actual ‘knock on the door’ or ‘phone call’ (so to speak).
- Review your “hero’s journey” notes from the slide show.
- Optional: if you prefer, you can cleverly become really, really, really smart by doing a deeper dive into the “Heroes” page found on the class wiki [wink, wink; nudge, nudge] or by at least considering each of the stage links found down below [wink, wink; nudge, nudge again]
- Identify 1 book or movie that definitely has a minimum of 8 of these stages.
- Note: you may NOT use any of the following stories for your answer: any Matrix, any Harry Potter, any Star Wars, any Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, or Beowulf. All of these will be covered in class extensively over time so let’s see what else we can come up with together.
- List the 8 stages you found; identify any scene(s)/situation(s) that prove each of the stages you selected.
Ch 1: Departure
Ch 2: Initiation
Ch 3: Departure