The Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell studied myths from cultures all around the world and found a number of recurring incidents featured in these stories despite the fact these cultures were separated by time and distance and were impossible for them to have come in contact with each other. He concluded that these recurring incidents were part of human psyche. He outlined this in his book Hero with a thousand faces. To really understand this theory you need to read his book.

These pages are presented as a guide to give a brief overview of the stages and to assist in creatively interpreting the stages for your own writing. Although Ordinary World is not a part of the Hero’s Journey, it’s part of Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s journey, it’s commonly used in film and so is included here.

Ordinary world

Call to Adventure

Refusal of the call

Supernatural Aid

Crossing the First Threshold

Belly of the whale

The Road of the trials

Meeting with the Goddess

Woman as Temptress

Atonement with the Father

Apotheosis

Ultimate Boon

Refusal of the return

The Magic flight

Rescue from without

The crossing of the return Threshold

Master of two worlds

Freedom to live

Additional Stage

Death of the mentor

 

Hero’s journey breakdowns

Star Wars

The Avengers

Avengers 2

Thor

Iron Man

Spiderman

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises

Superman

X-men

The Watchmen

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Kick-Ass

Blade Runner

The Matrix

Silence of the Lambs

The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi 

Jurassic Park

Jaws

Raider’s of the Lost Ark

Die Hard

Alien

Aliens

Predator

The Terminator 

Terminator 2: Judgement day

Avatar

Edge of Tomorrow

Toy Story

Kung Fu Panda

The Incredibles

Shrek

The Lion King

Wall-e

Up

Elysium

The Karate Kid

When Harry met Sally

Archetypes

The mentor’s journey

Trickster

If you are interested in The Hero’s Journey check out the trailer for my animation Hunting Harriet here

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