Hero with 1000 faces
A Practical Guide to THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell ----------------------------------------------------------------- In the long run, the most influential book of the 20th Century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell's THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. It's certainly true that the book is having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Aware or not, filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes to the ageless pattern that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949 ) is a non-fiction book, and seminal work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell . In this publication, Campbell discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies . Since publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces , Campbell's theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. The best known is perhaps George Lucas , who has acknowledged a debt to Campbell regarding the stories of the Star Wars films. [ 1 ] The Joseph Campbell Foundation and New World Library issued a new edition of The Hero with a Thousand Faces in July, 2008 as part of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series of books, audio and video recordings.
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 widely distributed pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). [ 1 ] An enthusiast of novelist James Joyce , Campbell borrowed the term monomyth from Joyce's Finnegans Wake . [ 2 ] Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, which he summarized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces : 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. [ 3 ]