The Heroine’s Journey. There’s a scene in the first Hunger Games movie that sticks with me.
It’s near the end of the film – Katniss and Peeta have just had an epic fight on top of the Cornucopia with their adversary, Cato. After a tense stand-off, Cato has fallen to the ground and is being attacked by fierce dog-like things, called Mutts. You can hear the Mutts gnawing at Cato, and his agonized cries. He’s being chewed to death. Now, if this film had been made when I was a girl, the rest of the scene would have gone this way: Katniss: Peeta! Peeta: Katniss, give me the bow and an arrow. Katniss (holding the back of her hand to her mouth, tears streaming down her face): Oh, Peeta! Peeta (shoots Cato through the heart): He was a worthy adversary. [She throws her arms around him, sobbing. Instead, here’s how the scene went down: Katniss and Peeta observe Cato being eaten alive. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a new kind of female hero. Do you know Campbell’s concept? Because Katniss certainly is a hero. An empire of her own: the heroine’s journey ( + a woman’s quest for her own thing)
Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them. — Oliver Wendell Holmes I’m at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, an annual conference for creatives, the brainchild of Chris Guillebeau.
I got up this morning to a newsletter from Chris Brogan about building online empires. Dominating the world. Building empires. Both Chris and Chris are using these terms in a playful way. We talk about leaning in, about sitting at the table, about finding that mythical work/life balance. We don’t talk about how we could manage to “have it all” over the course of a life — if we stop buying into this apparent belief that life ends at 40 or 50 or when the kids go off to college.
Stories like these – that get inside our heads, under our skin, and into our subconscious the way only stories can do – not only play down the power of women, they teach women to play down their lives. “Radiance?” “No,” I said. “I thought you said call to radiance. When you radiate, you just are. Lesson 07b - Heroine's Journey (Fantasy & Sci-Fi in the Classroom)
Www.jungatlanta.com/articles/summer05-maureen-murdock.pdf. Maureen Murdock: Author, Educator, Jungian Psychotherapist, Photographer. Monomyth. 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). Campbell, an enthusiast of novelist James Joyce, borrowed the term monomyth from Joyce's Finnegans Wake. 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.
Www.jungatlanta.com/articles/summer05-maureen-murdock.pdf. The Heroine’s Journey: How Campbell’s Model Doesn’t Fit « FANgirl Blog. The Heroine’s Journey: Defining Concepts « FANgirl Blog. Last year the blog introduced the series Seeking Strong Female Heroines.
In the first post, Tricia described the reason for the series – to highlight stories featuring these kinds of characters – and defined some of the core characteristics of strong female heroines. Since then, we’ve discussed a number of characters as strong female heroines: Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies, her daughter Jaina Solo and her sister-in-law Mara Jade Skywalker from the Expanded Universe, and Castle’s Kate Beckett.
A Heroine's Journey — Tauriel - beng - The Hobbit (Jackson movies) The Eight Character Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey. Classic trickster.
In The Hero of a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell demonstrated that many of the most popular stories, even over thousands of years and across cultures, shared a specific formula. That formula is now commonly referred to as mythic structure, or the hero’s journey. Even if you’ve never heard of it before, you’ve consumed this “monomyth” in works like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Main/The Hero's Journey. "Look at me.
Stuck on this crappy planet; Aunt and Uncle got burned up like chicken cutlets. What are ya' gonna do? Me, personally? I'm gonna save the galaxy and make out with my sister. " The Hero's Journey is an archetypal story pattern, common in ancient myths as well as modern day adventures. Using the Heroine’s Journey. The monomyth known as the Hero’s Journey has become widely popular.
Unfortunately, the original was clearly intended for men and not women. In response, some feminists have created their own, female-centered version, called the Heroine’s Journey. Lucky for us storytellers, both can be abstracted into a structure that works for a wide array of stories.