Analysis Of The Hero With A Thousand Faces By Joseph Campbell
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a book written by Joseph Campbell, originally published in 1949. The book comes with a universal pattern of adventure and transformation that occurs throughout the history in myths, legends and stories. Since its publication the book has influenced a great amount of writers and artists. For instance, George Lucas admits the book was an inspiration for the storyline of his well-known Star Wars.1 Campbell in gathered myths, legends and tales discovered a pattern that is findable in each and every piece of writing containing a hero. Campbell claims that most of these pieces of art are basically one story which is retold again and again in different variations, and they all follow one pattern – one certain hero and one certain sequence of actions. He contends it is basically one deed done by many different people.…show more content… Someone who has bestowed his life to someone else or something bigger than himself. A man becomes a hero either intentionally or he is lured from outside. The decisions either comes from inside, which is Walter's case, as he himself decides to cook methamphetamine, or the decision is made by someone or something else, for instance, being drafted into the war or chosen by higher power.3
“A 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.”4
The Hero's Journey is a pattern which appears in storytelling and describes the adventure of a hero. The hero leaves his comfort zone and achieves considerable deeds on behalf of something or someone else. The Hero's Journey has twelve stages, however, a story might have less and virtually it is almost impossible to find a story which has all the twelve stages.