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Monomyth - Part Two - Supreme Ordeal or Initiation
Updated: 5/14/2018
Monomyth - Part Two - Supreme Ordeal or Initiation
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The Hero’s Journey

By Rebecca Ray

Related to both plot diagram and types of literary conflict, the ”Hero’s Journey” is a recurring pattern of stages many heroes undergo over the course of their stories. Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, articulated this cycle after researching and reviewing numerous myths and stories from a variety of time periods and regions of the world. He found that they all share fundamental principles. This spawned the Hero’s Journey, also known as the Monomyth. The most basic version has 12 steps, while more detailed versions can have up to 17 Hero's Journey steps.




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Monomyth - Part Two - Supreme Ordeal or Initiation Joseph Campbell cycle

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  • Mentor Helper
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • Test/Allies/Enemies
  • A helper arrives to guide the hero through his journey. In this case, it is a brave dog who aids the hero as a companion.
  • The two then continue on to the point when turning back is not an option.
  • On the way, they are tested and meet enemies or allies. When they reach the scary woods a man appears with a search light and scares away the bats.
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