Running head: THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES
This analysis is about Return as covered in chapter 3, part I of the hero with a thousand
faces. This analysis looks at how the author (Campbell) defines return and this is accompanied
by an explanation of the definition using my own words. The stage of return comprises several
subcategories including: The Magic Flight, Refusal of the Return, Rescue from Without, The
Crossing of the Return Threshold, Master of the Two Worlds, and the Freedom to Live.
However, for purposes of this analysis, two subcategories of return are picked namely: Master of
the Two Worlds and Refusal of the Return. Fundamentally, Campbell identifies the Master of the
Two Worlds and Refusal of the Return as key subcategories to the Hero’s return.
Part 1: Refusal of the return
According to the author (Campbell), Refusal of the return is that “The hero must return to
the normal world and share his or her gifts with everyone”. From this quite, Campbell meant that
the Hero who has attained their task or mandate such ...