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Journal 8/27/13
• Not every story is destined for a happy ending.
Many movies that stay with us, however, are
those in which the main character grew
stronger as a result of not getting what he or
she wanted. Choose any film that you feel fits
this description and explain how the
protagonist emerged as a better person.
The Hero’s Journey
Origins of the Hero’s Journey
• Joseph Campbell's monomyth, or the hero's journey, is a
basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many
narratives from around the world.
• Campbell held that numerous myths from various times
and regions share fundamental structures and stages.
• A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a
region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there
encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes
back from this mysterious adventure with the power to
bestow boons on his fellow man.
• Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann,
describe narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ
in terms of the monomyth and Campbell argues that classic
myths from many cultures follow this basic pattern.
The 17 Stages of the Monomyth DEPARTURE
1. Call to Adventure
2. Refusal of the Call
3. Supernatural Aid
4. Crossing the First Threshold
5. The Belly of the Whale
The 17 Stages of the Monomyth - INITIATION
1. Road of Trials
2. The Meeting with the Goddess
3. Woman as Temptress
4. Atonement with the Father
5. Apotheosis
6. The Ultimate Boon
The 17 Stages of the Monomyth - RETURN
1. Refusal of the Return
2. The Magic Flight
3. Rescue from Without
4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
5. Master of Two Worlds
6. Freedom to Live
Journal – 8/28/13
• Identify a movie in which the lead character
radically changes his/her beliefs between the
beginning of the film and the end. What
events or influences caused this
transformation to occur?
• Example: In Monsters, Inc., Boo teaches Sully
and Mike that children aren’t nearly as scary
and toxic as the propaganda of Monstropolis
would have everyone believe.
Journal – 8/30/13
• Identify a feature film in which the lead
character maintains the same beliefs and
objectives from start to finish. How does this
steadfastness cause the other characters
around him/her to alter their own perceptions
from what they were at the beginning?
• Example: Gandhi
Homework
• Trace the hero’s journey with a film from the
list (make one for the class)

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