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September 12, 2007 Anthr 125 Indiana Jones and the Concept of the Hero The hero is a character that reappears in stories across time, areas, cultures, and even media. From the Norse tales of Beowulf to Halo’s Master Chief, heroes populate every story. In his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces , Joseph Campbell describes the archetype of the hero’s journey, the arduous task which brings out the heroic qualities in a hero. According to Campbell, a hero’s story can be separated into discreet stages which correlate to a general model of the heroic process, with each character and occurrence within the hero’s story belonging to one part or another of the cyclic pattern of the hero’s adventure. This paradigm may be used to analyze a multitude of examples, from the Incredible Hulk to the Incredibles, as to whether or not they are truly Campbellian heroes. One such case is Indiana Jones, the archaeologist-adventurer who quests for Lost Arks and Holy Grails with his trusty whip and fedora. Though Indiana Jones’ journey may not fit exactly with every aspect of Campbell’s idea of the hero’s cycle, the adventurer does exhibit many of the major points of Campbell’s model, and so can be considered a hero in these terms. Joseph Campbell designates the beginning of the hero’s journey as the “call to adventure” (53), an event that “signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred [him]…from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown” (53). The
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