To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hero’s Journey
This lesson plan interprets Harper Lee’s wonderful book, To Kill a Mockingbird, through the lens of The Hero’s Journey and is meant to be used as enrichment to your unit.
To Kill a Mockingbird received the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and was made into a movie. It has been read in countless classrooms.
The Hero’s Journey is ancient, going back at least as far as Homer if not earlier. Yet it is as modern as Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings. In modern times, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell rediscovered this metaphor and wrote about it extensively.
As we all know, The Hero’s Journey for the purposes of this unit plan has two main components, the archetypes and the stages of the journey. I have briefly mentioned some of Campbell’s terminology such as “separation,” and “initiation,” etc. choosing instead to keep the concepts simple.
Below are the archetypes commonly used in literature. There are many more identified by Jung:
The Threshold Guardian:
Below are the Joseph Campbell’s stages of The Hero’s Journey:
The Ordinary World:
The Call to Adventure:
The Refusal of the Call:
Crossing the Threshold:
Meeting the Mentor:
The Road of Trials:
The Belly of the Beast:
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