The Hero's Journey Redefined

Overcoming Oz

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler

The Hero: Defined

Joseph Campbell's understanding of the hero's journey is at once simple and complex. By definition, a hero experiences a departure from a known world, trials and passages of initiation, and an eventual return home. During this journey, the hero experiences a transformation of consciousness that brings him to a new understanding of himself, his world, and his role in that world - that's a pretty impressive feat. According to Campbell, the hero's journey is a recurrent pattern that provides a basic framework for all literature and all that derives from literature. The key elements: a hero must be ready to accept adventure, and a hero must be willing to act selflessly to achieve success. With a little exploration, it becomes increasingly evident just how accurate Campbell's claim is...

Welcome to the Emerald City

"There's no place like home." It's a classic movie line immediately recognized by individuals around the world. Frank Lloyd Baum used simple language and direct concepts to communicate his central challenge to his audience: the struggle moving into a new world, the friends and foes that help and hinder progress, and the ultimate boon of the arrival at the magical and forbidden destination. In the end, we all know Dorothy makes it home to Kansas, but it's her journey that allows her to be appropriately identified as an individual who undertakes her own, unique heroic journey.
The power of simple words - Terin Izil