As detailed by Joseph Campbell, the Hero's Journey describes a consistent pattern that can be found in myths from around the world, as well as in our modern stories and films. A hero who reluctantly accepts their destiny and succeeds in a quest that pushes them beyond their limits returns to bestow a gift to society to make it better.
In this powerpoint, students are introduced to the steps along the hero's journey through examples of classic films, including Star Wars, The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogy among others.
The presenters notes add clarification to each step of the journey, and there is a slide for students to discuss where else they've experienced stories about this journey after every step with association questions included.
This presentation is meant to introduce students to the why of storytelling - the explanation that all of our classic myths and films alike are essentially lessons for how to be in this world.
This lesson can be done independently or followed by these two other activities, also available from our shop:
The Blank Hero's Journey is a powerpoint slide presentation for students to complete themselves. Students choose a film that they believe fits into the mythic archetype of the Hero's Journey, and figure out in what ways their chosen film fits into the framework.
The Hero's Journey for Short Story presentation invites students to consolidate their grand narratives into shorter frameworks for the purpose of writing a short story or film.