Monomyth In Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces

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In Joseph Campbell’s famous book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he wrote, “[There] will always be the one, shape-shifting yet marvelously constant story that we find, together with a challengingly persistent suggestion of more remaining to be experienced than will ever be known or told” (Campbell 1). Through this statement, Campbell is describing the main idea of his concept known as “monomyth”. The idea of the monomyth explains a similar series of steps that nearly every hero or protagonist follows throughout their journey. Whether it be characters from classic works of the past or characters from new movies filmed in modern day, every hero from literature follows the monomythic outline in one way or another. It was this concept that propelled Joseph Campbell towards being a well known name by scholars all across the globe. Long before Campbell described his idea of the monomyth, he was an ordinary child born on March 26th, 1904 in White Plains, New York. When he was 7 years old, Campbell’s father took him to see a Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This event, despite being only 7 years old, changed Joseph’s life. Here, he found his love for the culture of Native Americans. According to the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s website article “About Joseph Campbell”, Campbell wrote about the event that he, “became fascinated, seized, obsessed, by the figure of a naked American Indian with his ear to the ground, a bow and arrow in his hand,
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