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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!
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|Section 1: First Steps|
The Heroes of Jung and CampbellPreview
Heroes and Journeys: Your Turn
|Lecture 4||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 ScratchPreview
A Message from Destiny
Thresholds and Guardians
|Quiz 1||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
|Quiz 2||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 BeginningPreview
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|
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.