“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” - Willa Cather
The hero's journey is the great monomyth, as described by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Almost every story follows the hero's journey outline or pattern. Understanding the hero's journey not only helps students analyze the stories they are reading, but it also gives them an outline to follow when writing creatively. The hero’s journey has repeated itself in stories across culture, time, mythology and in our own lives. It is one of the oldest story patterns in human history.
This 18-page powerpoint delineates the hero's journey pattern. It explains the archetype and details each stage of the journey with examples from Star Wars, The Odyssey, and The Wizard of Oz. A list of film recommendations and a freewrite ends the power point. You can also use this to introduce The Hero's Journey Comic Strip: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Heros-Journey-Comic-Strip-Assignment-169465