JK Rowling is one of the most influential authors of our time, breaking boundaries and creating an alternate reality in a world far from anyones imagination. The series she is most well known for is the Harry Potter series. The series is seven books accompanied by eight movies. The tale starts with a young boy named Harry, whose parents died, from the sinister Voldemort. The series takes a bunch of twist and turns that ultimately lead to Voldemort 's death. Although, Harry and Voldemort want to destroy one another, they have some undoubtedly strong connections that are undeniable. JK Rowling has said that the connections between Harry and Voldemort range from childhood, through the death of Voldemort. The story of Voldemort and Harry begins
In Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, he talks about the “Monomyth,” otherwise better known as, the “Hero’s Journey”. This is the major theme throughout this book as well as the majority of Joseph Campbell’s studies. Campbell’s idea of the hero’s journey can be seen in many books, movies, television series, etc. That is an idea I will discuss at a later date. For this paper I would like to discuss and explain the hero’s journey, as well as give my opinions on the idea. This is a very interesting and eye opening idea that Campbell has presented us with and has made The Hero With A Thousand Faces one of the most important books of the past one hundred years.
Joseph Campbell defines a hero as “someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself ” (Moyers 1). The Hero’s Journey consists of three major parts: the separation, the initiation and the return. Throughout a character’s journey, they must complete a physical or spiritual deed. A physical deed involves performing a daunting and courageous act that preserves the well-being of another person. A spiritual deed calls for action that improves another individual’s state of mind. While fulfilling their journey, a hero must undergo a psychological change that involves experiencing a transformation from immaturity into independence and sophistication.Campbell states that these events are what ultimately guides a hero into completing
Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” is a common myth in global mythology. The hero’s journey is exactly what its name implies; a tale of a hero’s deeds and adventures. The stages and sub-stages that Campbell outlines as part of the journey are simply guidelines and don’t appear in every story, but this is what makes each story unique. Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski is not much of a hero himself, but his story certainly falls in line with the hero’s journey.
From the beginning of time, mythology has appeared to be one key method of understanding life’s confusions and battles. Within these myths lies a hero. From myth to myth and story to story, heroes experience what may be called a struggle or a journey, which lays down their plot line. Bearing tremendous strength, talent, and significant admiration, a hero holds what is precious to their audience, heroism. Over time however, no matter the hero, the hero’s role remains indistinguishable and identical to the position of every other hero.
Many of the stories that have been told for centuries, or have recently been created, incorporate the story of a young innocent character who embarks on a journey and becomes a hero, known as The Hero’s Journey; a series of steps that all heroes follow. This journey not only shows the main character becoming a hero but also shows the hero move along a path similar to that of adolescence, the path between childhood and maturity. The Hero’s Journey was created by a man by the name of Joseph Campbell. He wrote a book called The Hero with One Thousand Faces, a novel containing a variety of stories that follow the steps of the Hero’s Journey. One famous creation that follows The Hero’s Journey is the science fiction film trilogy: Star Wars, created by George Lucas. Lucas depicts the struggles that take place along the path of adolescence through the story of a protagonist Luke Skywalker, who strives to become a Jedi Knight to show that Campbell’s Hero’s Journey reflects the struggles that youth go through whether they are depicted in a story or not.
‘’The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization”( The hero’s journey outline, Christopher Vogler). The Journeys significance is that without it the hero would never find themselves and how they feel. The archetypal hero’s journey fits into folklore because there a different steps that have to be taken for the hero to reach their full journey and accomplish their goals. Batman connects to the hero’s journey by showing himself as becoming a superhero. Batman goes through this journey after his parents died, and discovers himself and decides to become a superhero. Batman’s journey was significant because it showed people that they can live up to their dreams and be anything they wanna be.The purpose was to show that even through the tough times you can get through it. The journey helps the reader stay interested in the myth batman by showing similar connections to real life situations, like when his parents died it shows that you can overcome any obstacle that comes into
The Hobbit, a fantasy novel written by author J.R.R. Tolkien, follows the story of a regular Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who goes on an incredible journey in search of wealth and, unbeknownst to him, his own self-worth. This adventure that Bilbo goes on is the quintessence of the stages in “A Hero’s Journey”, which is a theory created by Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In his theory, Campbell states that all heroes, ranging from those in Greek mythology to those in today’s TV shows, encounter the same basic, universal stages throughout their journeys. These stages can be defined in many ways and can go by many names, but at its core, there are three main acts in “The Hero’s Journey”: Separation, Supreme Ordeal, and Unification.
If Harry’s parents hadn’t died and he hadn’t looked death in the face itself (Voldemort) then he would have just gone to Hogwarts like any other student, and Voldemort would have no reason to go after him or try to ruin his life. Some of the other conflicts he faces, like breaking the rules to solve a bigger problem, have a big effect on him and his story as well. For example, when Harry used his invisibility cloak to sneak out of the Gryffindor tower so he could investigate what Snape was doing; these actions later helped solve a bigger
In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the protagonist Harry Potter experiences wonderful and dangerous things in the wizarding world. From watching the famous quidditch world cup, to meeting wizards from all over the world as well as fighting dangerous dragons, Harry’s experiences help to shape and prepare him as a wizard for things in the future. Harry Potter becomes more mature and confident in his abilities as well as his friends throughout the story’s progression.
Harry Potter has to deal with death in a very different way in the final book than most normal people do. Harry has dealt with death his whole life because his parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort when he was just a little boy. People that are important to Harry slowly die off because of what he is. He is “the boy who lived.” There was a prophecy created by a professor at Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry, before harry was born that said "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. … Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. … The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies…" This prophecy states that there would be a boy born that was capable of defeating Lord Voldemort, but not assuring it would happen and that Voldemort would seek out this boy and “mark him as an equal.”