Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thousand Faces And Star Wars

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For years, a story written by a man, named Joseph Campbell, has influenced the structure of fiction works. Campbell’s book, Hero With A Thousand Faces, outlines the journey that a person goes through to become a hero. The story details the changes, challenges, and characters that a hero faces along their way and is separated into three main stages. This thorough format provides other writers with an ideal model to shape their own works. In fact, one of the most popular movies in history was inspired by Campbell’s book. George Lucas’ Star Wars closely follows the journey of a hero as found in Hero With A Thousand Faces. Through the comparison of Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and George Lucas’ Star Wars, we are able see that the journey a hero goes through not only has external effects, but also has internal effects. The three stages of a hero’s journey in Hero With A Thousand Faces are Departure, Initiation, and The Return. The first stage, Departure, is broken into five different phases: Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Supernatural Aid, Crossing of the First Threshold, and Belly of the Whale. During a hero’s Call to Adventure, “destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown” (Campbell 53). After this, the hero might try to make up excuses as to why he cannot go on this journey. Campbell refers to this as the Refusal of the Call. However, if they do go, then they

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