Perhaps the most enduring idea of the renowned folklorist and mythologist Joseph Campbell is the notion of “the hero’s journey,” a motif that is found in the tales of cultures the world-over. As Campbell explained, “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.” This trailer for the film, “Finding Joe”, has scholars and adventurers asking: how can we become the heroes in the narrative of our own lives?


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  • Learn more about the idea of becoming the hero of your own narrative in excerpts from the film, “Finding Joe”.
  • Campbell argued that mythic thinking is critical to self-knowledge. Read "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" or check-out selected quotes.  
  • Think mythically about your own life.  What is the narrative arc of your story?  How can you reclaim the hero’s role for yourself?

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