The Hero’s Journey

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What does it mean to be a hero? Do we even have heroes today? Many people would argue that it isn’t possible anymore, that we’ve exhausted our hero stories. Others would suggest that our hero stories are just changing. We’ll be looking at what it means to be a hero, what it isn’t, and all sorts of wonderful myths and modern stories during this unit. For a quick overview of the unit, check out the Unit Guide.

James Campbell, in The Hero’s Adventure, has tons to say about the subject. He details the role of the hero in both ancient myth and modern film in this 1987 interview, explaining the nature of “the monomyth.” For a totally killer summary of each of the stages of the journey, check here.

Check out this short video for an examination of each of the steps along the Hero’s Journey and some modern film equivalents.

The Hero’s Journey