On October 30, 1987 Joseph Campbell passes away. He leaves behind a legacy of rich critiques on western myth giving color and understanding to most western heroic stories including the Harry Potter series and Star Wars.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces was first published in 1949. In this work, Campbell outlines his archetypal narrative theory, “the hero’s journey”. He proposes that all heroic myths are based on the same 17 steps, done in three parts. These parts are Departure, Initiation, and Return. The steps may be summarized as below.

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.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Book Title: The Hero with a Thousand Faces 

Book Author: Campbell, Joseph 

Dewey Decimal Call Number: 201.3 C 2008

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