I spent a lot of time thinking about what story to tell. In the end, my favourite idea was to create a story that explains the Hero cycle.
The hero cycle is a classic storytelling construct developed by Joseph Campbell that describes the typical path through a story that a hero takes.
The hero’s journey is a common narrative archetype, or story template, that involves a hero who goes on an adventure, learns a lesson, wins a victory with that newfound knowledge, and then returns home transformed.
It has three phases divided into twelve steps. Phase one is the departure, Phase two the initiation and Phase three the return. The twelve steps are as follows:
- The Ordinary World
- The Call of Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Meeting the Mentor
- Crossing the First Threshold
- Tests, Allies, Enemies
- Approach to the Inmost Cave
- The Ordeal
- Reward (Seizing the Sword)
- The Road Back
- Return with the Elixir
This universal story construct applies to so many stories dating back thousands of years from Harry Potter through Lord of the Rings To The Greek Myths such as Odysseus and Hercules.
The Hero Cycle is such a powerful storytelling template that it deserves to be the subject of my assignment.