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The Hero


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Title: The Hero

The Heros Journey
  • The Monomyth
  • Stage Three
  • The Return

The Heros Journey
  • A hero ventures forth from the world of the
    common day and into a region of supernatural
    wonder fabulous forces are there encountered and
    a decisive victory is won the hero comes back
    from the mysterious adventure with the power to
    bestow boons on his fellow man.
  • Joseph Campbell
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Life of the Hero in Three Stages
Stage One Separation
  • The first stage of the heros life this
    chronicles the unusual circumstances of his
    birth. This is when he begins his journey after
    receiving a signal that great things are in store
    for him. If he is lucky, he will have a mentor
    and special gifts that will help him cross the
    threshold into the greater world beyond.

Stage Two Initiation
  • The second stage of the heros journey crosses
    into the unknown. The voyage can be outward into
    the physical unknown or inward to a psychological
    unknown. This stage of the adventure puts the
    hero more and more at risk, both emotionally and

Stage Three Return
  • Having passed all tests and received his boon,
    the hero must then take the final step. Once the
    hero has accomplished his quest, his
    responsibility is to complete the circle and
    return home to share his blessing with his

A. Initial Response
  • 1. Refusal of Return
  • Sometimes, however, this responsibility is
  • The hero does not believe that the world will
    accept his message or he achieves such a state
    of bliss that he is reluctant to give it up.

A. Initial Response
  • 2. Magic Flight
  • If the hero has obtained his boon, not with the
    consent of the gods, but in spite of the gods, if
    they opposed his quest or if some resented his
    success, his return might be complicated by
    supernatural obstacles.
  • The hero might have to evade pursuit in order to
    return home.

A. Initial Response
  • 3. Rescue from Without
  • Sometimes the hero cannot break free of the
    obstacles to his return.
  • Then he must have assistance from the outside
    world if he is to successfully return and
    complete his task.

B. Crossing the Final Threshold
  • Sometimes there is one final threshold the hero
    must cross before he can rejoin society, return
    home, and share what he has achieved.

C. Master of Two Worlds
  • Once the hero has returned to society and
    bestowed his boon on his fellow man, he
    demonstrates to all that he is indeed a hero.
  • He has conquered all external enemies and/or his
    internal demons and is worthy of admiration and

D. Freedom to Live
  • After he has achieved his goals or saved the
    world, the hero can now live the life he
    deserves, peaceful and happy, a role model to
    his fellow man.