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Joseph Campbell was born in , and his work continues to attract the interested The Hero with a Thousand Faces is not logged according to artificial stops. Indeed, Star Wars' creator George Lucas was an admirer of Joseph Campbell, and consciously patterned the Star Wars saga on the Hero's Journey. This use of . Author: Campbell Joseph Edition, Vol. 17 Edition 1. Read more · The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Commemorative Edition (Bollingen Series (General)).
The Meeting with the Goddess: The meeting with the goddess is where the hero meets a woman who represents an all-encompassing love. Campbell sees the goddess figure as mixed up with the earth Mother. Woman as the Temptress: Here the hero is tempted to fall off his chosen path by either a seductive woman, or more metaphorically by the temptations of material life that he has chosen to abandon as part of his quest.
Campbell talks of how the hero, a pure soul, becomes tainted with the odour of the flesh and feels revulsion for the goddess Atonement with the Father: Here the hero must confront his father, or a father figure, who represents great power and the balance between life and death. This is the center of the journey, when the hero undergoes a transformation of some sort, perhaps resulting from his apparent death and transfiguration.
Here the hero gains some godlike or spiritual power, or becomes enlightened. Like the Bodhisattva, our hero throws away the terrors born of ignorance and sees the world as illuminated and free from pain. Campbell hints that in some cases the hero takes on an androgynous quality at this point, like the Hindu god Shiva. In the Star Wars saga, this is obviously when Luke becomes a full Jedi, and is able to defeat enemies like Jabba the Hutt with his magical powers.
Note that after Leia is revealed to be his sister, Luke no longer shows any interest in women: The Ultimate Boon: This could be the milk of paradise, the elixir of life, a holy object, a magical talisman, or simply a great feat. Although the hero may win the prize with ease, he may also, like Prometheus, have to trick the gods of their treasure, and beat a hasty retreat afterwards.
In Star Wars, the first great boon is the destruction of the Death Star. In the bigger picture of the original trilogy, the death of the Emperor is the ultimate boon. Return Refusal of the Return: Once the prize has been won, the hero must return it to the kingdom of humanity from the magical realm.
Yet the hero is often reluctant to return ordinary reality after having lain with the Goddess and drunken her sweet nectar. So he stays a while in the blessed isles.
This stage is vague in Star Wars. The Magic Flight: The road home is a dangerous one in such cases, the adventure by no means over. The hero uses magical evasions, or throws behind him delaying obstacles.
The magic flight in Star Wars is the escape of the Millennium Falcon from the Death Star and its fighting off of pursuing Imperial fighters. Rescue from Without: Just as the hero uses helpers and guides during his adventure, he may need some help on the return journey in order to get the boon back to humanity.
This is especially so if the hero has fallen under the spell of the magical realm, and needs society to come knocking at his door to remind him of his ordinary duties.
Yet that society might feel resentment at the prize of life-redeeming elixir, and be at a loss to comprehend its value The Crossing of the Return Threshold: Even though this meant that he would never obtain a Ph. And since humans everywhere share the same psychology, the myths of many cultures through many different times must be the same as well. The person then takes off on a series of adventures beyond the ordinary, either to recover what has been lost or to discover some life-giving elixir.
Sometimes, this call is just too strange or dangerous or ethically problematic, so the hero refuses the call. However, after some hesitation and in the presence of just enough evidence say, Hamlet seeing the Ghost of his Father , the hero eventually agrees. OK — not that minor in real-life terms. After several heroic endeavors, he encounters the goddess or the temptress — either way, the woman who will make or break him remember Gilgamesh?
Apotheosis is an Ancient Greek word meaning deification, which makes this stage self-explanatory. It can be the Holy Grail or the elixir of life — or just some type of knowledge.
The Basic Structure of the Monomyth 3. Why All of This Matters. A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: Like this summary? Regrets are illuminations come too late. Click To Tweet. Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required. Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.
Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the high road to the soul's destination.
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