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What is the Hero's Journey? (also known as monomyth)
The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization. - The Writer's Journey
More simply stated - the hero's journey is an adventure tale where the hero archetype sets out to complete a great deed on behalf of others. There are twelve stages in the Hero's Journey.
- Ordinary World
- Call to Adventure
- Meeting with the Mentor
- Crossing the Threshold
- Tests, Allies, Enemies
- Approach to inmost cave
- The Road Back
- Return with the Elixir
Each of these stages has specific characteristics that novels and movies follow. Having recently just learned about this technique after watching Moana, I've been analyzing movies left and right just to find the success pattern.
Venngage has a great infographic comparing Block Buster Movies and Books from Star Wars (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003).
Infographic: Hero's Journey | Infographic Maker
Books containing the Hero's Journey
Movies containing the Hero's Journey
Hopefully you will be as shocked as I was to learn about this literary technique. Enjoy analyzing EVERYTHING now!
More detail on the Hero's Journey
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