Hero's Journey (Monomyth): Many Heroes are Simply EXILED

by Kal Bishop - Date: 2006-12-21 - Word Count: 253 Share This!

The Hero's Journey is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (see URL below) are based on this 188 stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters.

There is only one story.

The Hero's Journey:

a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharsis).

d) Gives you a universal structural template upon which you can superimpose your situational story.

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The Hero is often Pushed or Pulled toward the Physical Journey, Physical Change and Psychological Transformation; out of his or her Ordinary World and from his or her Ordinary Self. One form of this is simply EXILE. Here the Hero is often seen as simply arriving in a New World that is the polar opposite of what s/he is accustomed to.

In Platoon (1986), Taylor simply arrives in Vietnam.

In Dead Poets Society (1989), the boys are simply already at school.

In Scarface (1983), we meet Tony already in the US, being interrogated by immigration.

In such situations, the Hero's Ordinary World is often related through backstory and flashback; there tends to be a greater emphasis on Ordinary Self being a Fish out of Water relative to the "creatures" of the New World.

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