Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Campbell’s description of the hero’s quest is the most widely recognized by scholars and, ironically, the least user-friendly.  Much of his terminology is based on the commonalities of the ancient mythologies of many cultures, and consequently, he used examples and terms to which the reader has a hard time relating.  His book features a nice chart of the hero’s quest.

The Hero’s Adventure in Three General Stages
I.  The Separation—The hero leaves the common world and enters a place of supernatural wonder.
II.  The Initiation—Fabulous forces are encountered and defeated
III.  The Return—The hero returns with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.


I.  The Separation or Departure

II. The Trials and Victories of Initiation


III.  The Return and Reintegration with Society

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