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The Hero of the Quest as Derived from Joseph Campbell's book Hero With
a Thousand Faces
The Ordinary World: We see the hero's normal life at the start of the
story before the adventure begins. The hero does not know he / she
is a hero.
Call to Action / Adventure: The hero is faced with an event,
conflict, problem, or challenge important to the community.
The Refusal of the Call: Because the hero doesn't yet know he /
she is a hero, the hero says he / she can't help.
Meeting the Mentor: Someone, usually a wise older
the hero and helps that hero discover inner
The Journey, Crossing the Threshold: The hero leaves the comfort
and safety of the ordinary world.
Tests, Allies and Enemies: The hero goes through a series of tests,
identify friends, and face enemies.
The Approach--Adaptation and Change: The hero's initial thinking
does not work, so the hero must learn to adapt new ideas and
The Ordeal: The hero experiences more diﬃcult obstacles which
continuously make the hero more capable, but require changes in
the way the hero looks at himself or herself.
The Hero's Weapon: The hero acquires a special weapon.
10. The Belly of the Beast / Resurrection: The hero faces the scariest,
most dangerous test in the scariest, most dangerous place, but finds the
courage to be calm and find inner strength and wisdom. This is
the "ah ha" moment in learning.
11. The Return: The hero returns to the community to become and
inspiration to others.