Female Heroes In The Hero's Journey

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1.1 Introduction
A redefinition of a female hero should be put in order to separate them from the traditional male and female heroes. By analyzing Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, it is possible that Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey can be adapted for a female hero. Other than completing the quests that are laid out before her, a female hero also has to face dilemmas that females in a patriarchal society can relate to. Such issues mold a female hero to undergo the transformation of an unconfident, regular girl to someone who is successful and respected by others, putting her on equal standing with man. Campbell qualifies a hero as either a man or a woman who completes the Hero’s Journey. However, he made a contrast on the roles of men and women, saying that “Woman, in the picture language of mythology, represents the totality of what can be known. The hero is the one who comes to know” (p. 106). The list of female heroes in contemporary young adult dystopian fiction is ever increasing; it is evident with the female hero in this study – Cinder, serving as an example. Altmann (1992) suggested that readers should not accept the typical masculinity of a hero, but to use the template of a hero on female protagonists instead. By pushing the boundaries of female gender roles, the appearance of female heroes in such
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In his lifelong research, Campbell discovered many common patterns running through hero stories and myths worldwide. Years of research lead Campbell to discover several basic stages that almost every hero-quest goes through regarding of what culture the myth belongs to. He calls this common structure the “monomyth”. According to Campbell’s book, there are 17 stages to the Hero’s Journey (refer to Appendix). Cinder, the female protagonist in The Lunar Chronicles, experiences the stages of the Hero’s Journey in her quest to overthrow the Lunar

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