Question of the Day: “Who was my mentor?”

The mentor on the Hero’s journey is the driving force for the Hero. This teacher is often ephemeral and inconsistent. The teacher never provides all of the answers. Instead, a viable mentor will only hint at the possible, suggest the journey ahead, and warn of the pending dangers. The mentor never pushes for the Hero…

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Question of the Day: “What ELSE can I learn from Joseph Campbell?”

Yesterday, I wrote a post about the Hero’s journey. This is the monomyth that is pervasive through many Eastern and Western societies. These journeys have much in common, so Joseph Campbell decided to map it out to show the patterns in each tale. The significance of this lies in the application of the Hero’s journey…

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Question of the Day: “What can I learn from Joseph Campbell?”

All English teachers are familiar with Campbell’s work. He was a professor and a writer. He is the one who noticed the undeniable patterns in all great stories. It is the pattern of the Hero’s journey. His famous text The Hero with a Thousand Faces details how this pattern plays out time and time again,…

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