The Hero Archetype in Literature, Religion, and Popular Culture
A site in progress to satisfy graduate course requirements for Stephen F. Austin University, Dr. G. Blalock, and a love of literature. Comments welcome below.


UPDATE 08/24/2013: A comprehensive and accessible series of videos on the Hero's Journey by micahc6v8 is available on YouTube. The series is here (YouTube) or here (SchoolTube).

Teachers! Click here for the hero characteristics section below in a Powerpoint4.0 presentation, complete with the text for notes!

THE ARCHETYPAL HERO

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS

The archetypal hero appears in all religions, mythologies, and epics of the world. He is an expression of our personal and collective unconscious, as theorized by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell (see below). All archetypal heroes share certain characteristics. This fact has only come to light this century, after people like Joseph Campbell began comparing mythologies of the world. Click on a link to see how the heroes above fit the traits of a hero.
Teachers! Click here for the above hero characteristics section in a Powerpoint4.0 presentation, complete with the text for notes!
WHY DO WE HAVE HEROES?

A deeper examination of the the positive and negative social aspects of the hero, as well as a search for the relevance of the hero today.


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