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Challenge, Conquer, Change: The Components of a Journey Atinuke Omolara Mosaic Humanities 851 October 14, 2008
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The foundation of human existence consists of journeys and its contents. In the entire world and throughout history, journeys have been evident in movies, literature and unrecorded personal experience. There are various ancient myths and narratives in literature that involve the journey of a person, usually the protagonist or hero, who sets out on an adventure to achieve a goal. Whatever the goal may be, the return stage upon completion of a journey, is essentially enlightenment where the hero goes home to inform others of what he or she has learned during their adventure. To fully understand the essence of a journey, one must examine its initiation, path, purpose and outcome. There are various synonyms that complement the word journey such as conquest, epic, adventure, rite of passage, campaign but whichever word is used, its general meaning is a movement from one to another or the progress from one point to another. 1 The common theme here is the beginning at point A to reach point B. Nevertheless, the matter between point A and B are the phases that embody a journey. According to Joseph Campbell’s work The Hero with a Thousand Faces , the steps to an epic or adventure are separation, initiation and return. 2 These components of a journey follow this path and put forth a challenge, accomplishing a task, and a going through a metamorphosis. Before someone’s journey begins, he is always introduced as himself in his primary element. There is always a pre-existence prior to a journey and this is shown in most literature to 1 1 journey. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) . Retrieved October 12, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/journey 2 2 Milum, L. (2003). The Hero’s Journey: A Campbellian Look at the Metaphorical Path to Personal Transformation. In Mythic Hero . Retrieved October 11, 2008, from http://www.mythichero.com/what_is_mythology.htm
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convey their ordinary world to the reader. As a long journey commences “with a single step” 3 , the Campbellian analysis of a journey begins with a concept called separation. It may involve the heroic figure leaving his or her comfort zone in order to “pursue a higher calling.” or can be called by an external call to go on a quest. 2 Sometimes a journey is refused or a hero can be hesitant in accepting the challenge. In this case, the external influence, like someone such as a guide or herald, may impact the hero and present him/her with an incentive to re-evaluate their current state. 4 It is said that before the hero is tested in his/her journey, they must cross over a threshold which introduces them into the world not yet seen. This realm, in a mythical sense, is usually guarded by a gatekeeper or a creature used to protect the unknown. Once the hero has passed this domain, the hero is ready for the new adventures that lay ahead. The initiation phase forces the
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