Re: [mythsoc] Joseph Campbell's Thousand-Faced Hero
- Campbell's monomyth is easily displayed by photocopying the center
spread in Hero with a Thousand Faces that illustrates the dualistic
circular journey. Once observed, the Monomyth seems quite easily
applicable: one can see it in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The
Great Gatsby as easily as Tolkien or Lucas.
Along with Auden's "Six Qualities of a Quest," JRRT's "On Fairy
Stories", and G.K Chesterton's "The Ethics of Elfland", as well as Kurt
Vonnegut, Jr.'s story graph, Campbell is good opening lecture fodder in
lit.courses that deal with sort of thing.
To the grading of 24 term papers in such a class I now return after this
Debra Murphy wrote:
>It so happens we were discussing this book over on Literate Catholics[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>Unite. Here's what I wrote there--also with a writing reference:
>"I actually liked that Bill Moyers series with Joseph Campbell, though
>I agree the thing has gotten all blown out of proportion, especially
>with the new Agers who (with Campbell) seem to confuse the fact that
>there are dying-and-rising god myths all over the planet with the idea
>that all these myths are of equal value, and that none of them
>actually happened. I'm with the Inklings on this, who all believed
>that these myths were a sort of prophetic foreshadowing, while
>Christianity was the myth that actually happened, historically.
>"Y'all might be interested to know, too, that Campbell has had an
>enormous influence on Hollywood screenwriting. There's a very
>influential book out there called "The Writer's Journey," used in all
>sorts of screenwriting classes and workshops. (I myself have taken a
>workshop built around it.) The book analyses three-act storytelling
>structure in terms of Campbell's "Hero's Journey" template.
>Faascinating stuff, and actually quite useful, at least to this
>writer, who so loves mythopoeic literature; but there's no question
>it's practically become rote formula--something Hollywood does all too
>"Interesting, too, both Campbell and the author of "The Writer's
>Journey" use "Star Wars" as their foremost example, while Tolkien (if
>memory serves) was actually the template Lucas worked from, though
>he's hardly mentioned by either."
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