Hero's Journey Example

In the film Clash of the Titans (1981, 2010), a retelling of a Greek myth, Perseus leaves his adopted home of Joppa to prove himself worthy and to find out how to save the woman he loves and Joppa from the Kraken, a sea monster. His mentor Ammon gives him guidance. He faces many obstacles, some put in his way by the gods, and is helped by natural and supernatural beings who recognize his goodness, greatness, and potential power. He returns stronger and triumphant to face one last challenge before gaining true mastery and well-being for his loved one and the city.

Other film heroes that serve as good examples are Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, Simba in The Lion King, and Dorothy Gale in Wizard of Oz. In Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Aragorn, and Eowyn each make their own Hero’s Journey as their paths intersect.

Stages

Hero’s Journey may apply to a narrative even if not all of Campbell’s Hero's Journey stages are included. Hero’s Journey may describe the development of a story that is also described by a different narrative structure. Usually presented as a circle, these six significant stages are useful in...
Example

In the film Clash of the Titans (1981, 2010), a retelling of a Greek myth, Perseus leaves his adopted home of Joppa to prove himself worthy and to find out how to save the woman he loves and Joppa from the Kraken, a sea monster. His mentor Ammon gives him guidance. He faces many obstacles...
Learning Applications

When to apply this structure: A strong signal that a storyline matches the Hero's Journey narrative structure is a sense of the heroic. The story often includes risking something vital, especially the main character's life, for a worthy and often impossible-seeming goal. The journey...