The hero’s JOURNEY: Summary of the Steps. Hero journeys usually follow a pattern. Sometimes steps are missing or a bit different, depending on a particular story. can you think of a journey from a film, book, story that fits these steps?
1. The Ordinary World
Here the person is introduced to the audience. Some background information may be given. S/he does not yet know that s/he will be called to action.
2. Call to Adventure
The call to adventure is the point in a person’s life when s/he is first given notice that everything is going to change. They might or might not fully understand this call.
3. The First Threshold
This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure. S/he leaves the comfort of his or her world and ventures into a confusing and dangerous one. S/he does not know the rules of this new world.
4. Tests, Friends and Enemies
Now the person must undergo a series of difficult tests. Obstacles may emerge. How s/he handles the tests, win or lose, changes him/her. Often the person fails one or more of these tests. Sometimes the person is helped by a friend or a guide.
5. Supreme Ordeal
This is sometimes described as the person’s lowest point or darkest moment. S/he is now completely separated from his/her old world and must decide to make a change. s/he must face an ultimate challenge, sometime with others but often alone.
6. Winning the Prize
Now the person meets an old enemy or a new enemy that has been hinted at in the story. With the change s/he has made, s/he is able to overthrow or defeat this enemy.
7. The Return
The person will finally return to his/her original world. They are a changed person because of the experiences they have had.
#1 story: Perseus
- Medusa the Gorgon
- The Grey Sisters
- “fate and destiny”
Can you find the places in the story that match the steps of a hero’s journey? Use the names of the steps to label or mark these places in your story (yes you can write on paper) that match the steps. You should work in groups of two or three, mixed boy/girl.
Who was Dictys?
What “gifts” does the story say that Perseus got from the Gods?
Medusa: Why does she look like she does?
The Grey sisters must share two things. What are they?
Which king hates Perseus and wishes to marry Danae?
Why is Andromeda in danger?
describe three parts of the story that fit the steps of a hero’s journey
How does the prophecy (future telling) about Acrisius come true at the end of the story?