Making Heroes: Harnessing the Power of the Hero's Journey

Use the steps and elements of the Hero's Journey to understand stories on a deeper level--including your own.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

We've all heard people say "life is about the journey"--but what if that journey has left us frustrated, lost, and looking for guidance? Making Heroes looks at the archetype of the Hero's Journey as it applies to literature, and then expands that knowledge to include how the steps to the journey apply to each of us in our own lives. The heroes and villains in the stories we love are more like us than we think, and if we use their journeys as a guide our own journeys can be more meaningful than ever before.

Designed for anyone looking to understand the stories that move us as well as their own paths, Making Heroes takes you through the steps of the Hero's Journey and then guides you through recognizing those steps in your own life. Using that knowledge, you can see opportunities instead of obstacles, allies instead of enemies, and meaning when things don't seem to go the way we thought they should. You are living the Journey right now--it's time to understand how to make it work for you!

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the steps of the Hero’s Journey
  • Recognize and analyze the steps in literature, movies, television shows, etc.
  • Apply the steps from the Hero's Journey to their own lives to gain a new perspective on their own journeys.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for those looking to appreciate stories on a deeper level
  • This course is meant for those looking to find insight into their own life’s journeys
  • This course is NOT meant for those intimately familiar with the Hero's Journey archetype and it's application to literature and life.

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Section 1: First Steps
The Heroes of Jung and Campbell
Heroes and Journeys: Your Turn
1 page

This diagram gives an overview of the journey as we will discuss it. Feel free to reference this as we go so you can see how the steps work and how the players in the journey interact.

Section 2: The Call
An Itch They Just Can't Scratch
A Message from Destiny
Thresholds and Guardians
2 questions

Check your understanding of the first phase of the Hero's Journey.

Section 3: The Initiation
Trials and Temptations
A Little Help from My "New" Friends
The Belly of the Whale
This Kind of Stuff Changes You
Saving the World
2 questions

Check your knowledge of the second phase of the Hero's Journey.

Section 4: The Return and More
Take Me Home
Variations on a Theme
What about Hamlet?
Time to Practice
Section 5: The Hero in You
In the Beginning
Recognizing Your Call
Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?
These Don't Seem Like the Tasks of Hercules
Helpers and Mentors in Your Life
Facing the Abyss
Truth, Insight, and Change or Saving Your Own World
Going Home Is Hard
Applying the Steps to Your Life
Section 6: Conclusion and Resources
Final Thoughts

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Instructor Biography

Julie Bouche, Literature Instructor

I have been a literature instructor for more than 10 years at a variety of different schools and universities. Knowing the power of literature and writing has changed my life, and I have seen that power help people of all ages and circumstances. The eternal student, I find joy in learning from people and places and experiences all along my journey, and then sharing those insights with others.

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