One of my favourite theories to look at was Joseph Campbell’s and his Hero’s journey. Campbell believed that the hero myth is not written about an actual hero or just one person, but instead it is written about every human. He viewed humans as all being heroes who are struggling to accomplish our adventures in life. This means that our daily struggles, happiness, sadness, and bad events in our lives are all a part of our own hero’s journey. Campbell believed that these daily struggles or conflicts are all a part of the adventure of the hero and when the hero comes to terms with all their conflicts they have grown up. This is where Campbell’s belief that rites of passages are linked to the hero’s journey comes in. He believed that rites of passages involve changes that undergo in a young man or woman that helps them grow and develop to fill a variety of roles in society. Campbell’s journey of the hero has many parts to it, but he believed that most myth and even an adventure of a human today can relate to the Hero’s Journey.
The reason I liked Campbell’s theory so much is because he believes his theory applies to humans and not just myth or stories. The hero’s journey is more easily represented in a myth or story, but it can and is present in the adventures that occur in a human’s life. Many individuals have many conflicts and struggles they must overcome before they feel as if they are fully developed and can fulfil a proper role in society. I believe, like Campbell, that the Hero’s journey can be seen in almost all myth but I also agree that it is present in a regular human’s life, as we all face a new adventure every day.