The Hero With A Thousand Faces YKTTW Discussion
|The Hero With A Thousand Faces|
A comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. Help needed with entry (I only know so much about it, but we need this badly).
Many things are Older Than They Think, and This Very Wiki is no exception. In the days of yore where the mere idea of the Internet was a pipe dream and the secrets of the first computers were either lost to history or covered up by nervous post war governments one Joseph Campbell published his seminal work in 1949. The Hero with a Thousand Faces was a comparison of classical mythology that focused on the archetypal hero and his journey. Trope Namer for;
- Belly of the Whale - Itself named for the story of Jonah.
- The Dragon - In addition to naming it he speculated that it was a metaphor for the hero's struggle before finally confronting the Big Bad
- The Hero's Journey - Later refined by Christopher Vogler's "The Writer's Journey".
- Big Bad - Every journey needs one to drive the plot.
- Deity of Human Origin - Buddha, Jesus, and others become this after apotheosis.
- Eternal Recurrence - In many cosmologies the world is in cyclical decline and improvement.
- I Choose to Stay - The hero is tempted to but usually doesn't and instead brings the boon back to their people.
- Standard Hero Reward - The boon they find is often represented by a woman.
- Messianic Archetype
- The Underworld
- Vision Quest