The Hero

Joseph Campbell studied many heroes throughout world mythologies, spanning all of history, and published The Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1949.  According to his findings heroes from all cultures and times shared the following:

The hero begins by living an ordinary life in the ordinary world.

The hero receives a challenge or call to adventure.

The hero takes on risk to accept the challenge.  If the hero accepts the call to adventure, then he or she must face many trials and challenges.

At one point the hero's challenges seem almost insurmountable and he or she ends up having to rely on help from others or a new source of power.

The hero discovers a secret or gift that will help his beloved people.

The hero must face challenges to deliver the gift to his community.

Will you accept the hero's challenge or will you play it safe?

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  1. Beautiful writing. The issue of the hero as an archetype versus an achievable goal is definitely worthy of debate.

  2. I loved this whole series. The hero is such an interesting archetype because he rarely is seeking fame. He usually is just trying to get something done or he happens to be in a bad situation and he reacts well.

  3. I come down on the side of believing that we all have a hero inside us who will come out when the conditions are right.

  4. David Bowie: "Oh, we can be heroes just for one day."

    It's a start.