What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature’s most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero.
Lesson by Matthew Winkler, animation by Kirill Yeretsky.
Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion.
His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.
His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”
Following is a collection of notable quotes from his talks and published works.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, or the hero’s journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world.
This diagram outlines the fundamental structures and stages that Campbell held numerous myths from disparate times and regions share.
“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.”
An abbreviated version of Benjamin Bidlack’s talk “The Hero’s Journey in Modern Life”, given at the Mindshare LA conference in Los Angeles on 18 April 18 2010.
Benjamin talks about how all of the great stories throughout history have common stages, scenarios and characters, and how those apply to our lives, here and now, whether it’s a party we’re going to, or achieving our dreams.