Review Of Joseph Campbell's 'The Hero With A Thousand Faces'

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Aguirre, Manuel. "Gothic fiction and folk-narrative structure: the case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Gothic Studies 15.2 (2013): 1+. Academic OneFile. Web. 6 July 2015. This article explores the way gothic fiction is written, but more specifically, reveals how the traditional narrative structure of the heroic quest has been applied in the famous novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Manuel shows how Shelley used this structure by outlining events from her book to the narrative pattern that is outlined in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Victor Frankenstein follows this quest structure by being called to adventure, refusing this vall, accepting the call, receiving help, venturing into the dark, undergoes a supreme ordeal and then is rewarded in the end. This article suggests that Campbell’s model is based on Van Gennep’s classic formulation that there are three acts of passage. First there is the pre-liminal rite (rite of…show more content…
There are many different forms of structure that writes use but the most famous structure comes from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This structure was later adapted into Twelve Stage Hero’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. The twelve stages are separated into three acts that the hero must undergo: Act 1 consists of the call to adventure, refusal of the call and meeting the mentor; Act 2 consists of crossing the threshold, dealing with hardships, approaching the “inmost cave”, the ordeal and the reward; Act 3 consists of the road block, resurrection and returning “with the elixir”. This structure has been used to write successful stories and movies; for example, Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz use this pattern and are popular as a result. Understanding this structure allows for writers to write successful stories and identify these aspects in other literary works. This website is good for dictating how to use the

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