The Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey: Full Film!

Translation Fundraiser

In order for students around the world to be able to learn about history for free, we must provide content in many different languages. Donate today and help us translate so that we can make a truly global impact. Thank you!
$950 / $3000


Eriksen Sousa
by Lifting The Veil / Cullen Smith
published on 28 August 2017
Send to Google Classroom:

This film is an exploration of famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life - or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss".

In narratology and comparative #mythology, the #monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.

The concept was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), who described the basic narrative pattern as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth.

you can support my channel and share from my page here.

NOTICE: Fair Use Copyright Law
"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

Remove Ads


Cite This Work

APA Style

Smith, L. T. V. /. C. (2017, August 28). The Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey: Full Film!. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Smith, Lifting The Veil / Cullen. "The Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey: Full Film!." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 28, 2017.

MLA Style

Smith, Lifting The Veil / Cullen. "The Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey: Full Film!." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 28 Aug 2017. Web. 29 Nov 2021.