The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey

The Heros Journey The Background In 1988, Christopher Vogler, (Hollywood film producer and writer), created a 7page company memo, A Practical Guide to The Hero With a Thousand Faces Vogler's memo was later developed into the late 1990s book, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers. This story structure, which describes the journey of a true mythical hero, is evident in a vast number of successful stories.

The Journey A mythical heros journey can be divided into three separate sections: Act I: Departure / Separation Act II: Descent, Initiation, Recompense Act III: The Return Each of these acts have scenes associated with them, like any good story or movie.

ACT I DEPARTURE / SEPARATION Scene 1: Ordinary World Scene 2. Call to Adventure Scene 3. Meeting with the Mentor

Scene 4. Crossing First Threshold ACT II DESCENT, INITIATION, RECOMPENSE Scene 1. Tests, Allies & Enemies Scene 2. Approach to Inmost Cave

Scene 3. The Ordeal Scene 4. Reward (Seizing the Sword) ACT III THE RETURN Scene 1. Road Back

Scene 2. Return with Elixir Putting It Into Practice Lets see how this applies to a famous story that most people know: Star Wars. ACT I - DEPARTURE / SEPARATION Scene 1: Ordinary World Luke Skywalker lives on

Tatooine. His life is dull and pedantic. He desperately wants to leave. Scene 2. Call to Adventure A chance find of a video recording by Princess Leia sends Luke on a search for Ben Kenobi. Scene 3. Meeting with the Mentor Ben saves Luke from Tuskin Raiders and learns of the recording. He enlists Luke in the quest.

Scene 4. Crossing First Threshold The heroes travel to the cantina where Luke faces his first test of violence. ACT II - DESCENT, INITIATION, RECOMPENSE Scene 1. Tests, Allies & Enemies Luke and Ben team up with Han Solo and Chewbacca and leave the planet. Scene 2. Approach to Inmost Cave The band is

captured by the Empire but later escape to join up with the Rebel Alliance. Scene 3. The Ordeal The rebels attack the Death Star. Scene 4. Reward (Seizing the Sword) The Death Star is destroyed as the Rebels escape with just a few ships left. ACT III - THE RETURN Scene

1. Road Back The heroes return to the Alliance, but Artoo is badly hurt. C3PO offers his parts as replacement. Scene 2. Return with Elixir Artoo and C3PO are restored; Luke and Han are rewarded with medals of valor from the Alliance. Some Examples Hercules,

Perseus, Theseus, Odysseus Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) Thomas Edison Kevin Flynn (Tron) Joe Clark (Lean on Me) Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings) Bill and Ted (Bogus Journey) Kal-El (Superman) Presidential Candidates and the USA YOU! (your on a journey right now!)

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