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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. 

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3 thoughts on “Hero’s Journey

  1. It’s notable too that the Hero’s Journey is not determined by his thoughts, dreams or aspirations but by his actions. Maybe I just have Sartre on my mind, but this becoming of self is a movement not determined by what we wish to do, but by how we act. This fits in well with Campbell’s interpretation of myth: heros do not brood and contemplate, they act. They live dangerously, they go through their trials into the abyss and suceed from it, becoming what they are and not what they wish to be. It’s quite inspiring.

  2. I highly enjoy this theory because it can be applied to SO many works of fiction. Harry potter, Star Wars characters, I can’t even name them all! My only issue is that it is so focused on the hero being male. It should be more unisex regarding opposite sex aids along the journey and other key points that have to do with the sex of a person. Hero’s were classically male but not anymore. a different version should be created to incorporate key elements that are relevant to female heroes

  3. I also agree that the Hero’s Journey is a fascinating myth and I personally find it the easiest to apply to numerous stories; both those of old myths and newer tales as we find in things like books and movies. One of the reasons I think it is so easy to use this theory is because of how straight forward the stages of a hero’s journey are. While the hero may not follow the pattern perfectly, the pattern is followed to some degree. I also find it easier to apply the theory as it is based upon the actions of one individual, whether they are male or female.

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