Campbell's 'Hero's Journey' MonomythDisciplines > Storytelling > Plots > Campbell's 'Hero's Journey' Monomyth Separation | Initiation | Return | See also Joseph Campbell defined a classic sequence of actions that are found in many stories. I. The first section of the story is about the separation of the hero from the normal world. II. In the main part of the story the hero is initiated into true heroic stature by various trials and rites. III. After initiation the hero can cleansed and return in triumph to deserved recognition, although this in itself may not be without its trials and tribulations. As with other frameworks, Campbell receives his fair share of criticism, typically that not all stories are like this. See also Propp's Morphology of the Folk Tale, Vogler's story structure Campbell, J. (1949).