by Malayna DawnJoseph Campbell's book The Hero with a Thousand Faces shows how the archetype of "The Hero" along the elements of his (or her) heroic journey, share many similarities in stories from all time periods and cultures.
Time Magazine named it one of the All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books saying,
"Joseph Campbell's seminal work on the archetypal heroes and myths shared by world religions and traditions has focused countless artists and academics on our cultural commonalities rather than our differences.
Legend has it that George Lucas used Campbell's book as a foundation for his Star Wars trilogy . Harry Potter also closely hews to the classic hero's journey that Campbell drew from ancient allegories in dozens of cultures and codified into one rollicking human epic..."
In the book The Writer's Journey
, by Christopher Vogler, he used The Hero's Journey as a guide to understand and improve the quality of film scripts. We'll share his examples with you below, along with some of our own.
Spiral Whirled Travels invites you to apply the phases of The Hero's Journey to your own life, too--because YOU are the hero of your own life's story!
1 - Ordinary World
Daily life before the hero starts the adventure.
Examples: The black and white part of The Wizard of Oz , Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs at the Dursley's house, Luke Skywalker at the farm.
2 - The Call to Adventure
3 - Refusal of the Call
4 - Meeting the Mentor/ Supernatural Aid
5 - The Crossing the First Threshold
"The balloon goes up, the ship sails, the romance begins, the plane or spaceship soars off, the wagon train gets rolling."A subset of this step is Belly of the Whale -- a true and final cutting-off from the world the hero knows. She's in, with both feet, and can't do anything but go forward now and come out the other side.
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And since time is money...