The Monomyth

Write down what a hero means to you. Be prepared to share with your group.

Joseph Campbell wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1949. In it, he described what he coined as the monomyth, or a hero's journey.  He described it like this:

" 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."-- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 1949

In laying out the monomyth, Campbell describes a number of stages or steps along this journey.

Write down 2 examples of the monomyth, or hero's journey, one that you have seen in art (books, movies, plays, etc.), and one experienced in real life or that you have heard of.

The theory of the monomyth exists not only in literature, but also in cinema. Just like literature, movies reflect the stories, conflicts, emotions, and everything else that happens in life. Just like bigger than life heroes, we all have moments when life has its trials, journeys, enemies, and even treasures.

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Select a specific stage of the monomyth and discuss how it may apply to real life.