Hero's Journey 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 motif is a critical component and may be a journey in the "real" world; in the mind, heart, and soul; or symbolic.

Instructional applications:
Hero’s Journey can promote student discussions about:

  • Nature of heroism
  • Role models, mentors, and friendship
  • Ethics and morality
  • Individualism and community
  • Cross-cultural similarities and differences
  • Symbolism and allegory
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...