Hero Joseph Campbell's Monomyth

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Joseph Campbell's Monomyth within Superman and Hercules Joseph Campbell invented a general framework which describes the main elements in ancient stories from all over the world. He refers to this as the Monomyth, which means the One Story. This handout describes the elements of the Monomyth, and then describes Superman and Disney's Hercules in terms of the Monomyth. A section at the bottom of the page discusses resurrection motifs in these stories. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with the story in Superman and Disney’s Hercules. Joseph Campbell's Monomyth Joseph Campbell's concept of the Monomyth is a general framework which provides a description of the significant elements of the world's mythology. His theory is described in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces . He summarizes this concept in a single sentence on p. 30: “The hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” He gives a more complete summary on p. 245. This summary gives some indication of the many variations around the central theme: “The mythological hero, setting forth from his common day hut or castle, is lured, carried away, or else voluntarily proceeds, to the threshold of adventure. There he encounters a shadowy presence that guards the passage. The hero may defeat or conciliate this power and go alive into the kingdom of the dark (brother-battle, dragon-battle; offering, charm), or be slain by the Opponent and descend in death (dismemberment, crucifixion). Beyond the threshold, then, the hero journeys through a world of unfamiliar yet strangely intimate forces,
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Eaverly during the Spring '06 term at University of Florida.

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