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The Hero's Journey


The Hero's Journey

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This site creates an environment where anyone can explore the mythical hero structure described by Joseph Campbell and also create a story .
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Date Added to MERLOT: June 24, 1999
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 09, 2015
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Avatar for Don Peavy
7 years ago

Don Peavy (Faculty)

An interesting concept and looks like an effective teaching tool if all of the parts would work as represented. The site would be more effective for religious study if many of the founders of religions were plugged into the system to show how they represent the Hero's Adventure. There seems to be a gap between the ideal of the site and the real of its use or uselessness.

Technical Remarks:

I could not get any of the story examples to open.
Time spent reviewing site: Fifteen minutes.

Avatar for Mary Magoulick
15 years ago

Mary Magoulick (Faculty)

I have studied and taught this subject for years (in fact I have a PhD in
folklore). So although I only spent 15 minutes perusing the site and have not
actually used it for a class, I am familiar enough with the material and similar

This site allows students to get familiarized with the idea of heroic quest
stories and to read both classic examples of such stories and those written by
other students (a good idea). It's a well-designed site with nice graphics
easy-to-use links. My problem with it is that it is all based on Joseph
Campbell's ideas about the hero. And Campbell was not a very good scholar of
folklore because he usually uses only PARTS of stories, completely extracted
from their contexts, to prove his pre-existing theories. He also completely
ignores other scholarship (in print) from his own time on the same subject.
These are two definitions of bad scholarship. Also, his information and
assumptions are sometimes inaccurate, or at the very least incomplete and

Nonetheless, Campbell clearly appeals to many people and is often responsible
for getting them excited about studying myth. So it is good to have familiarity
with his work (just not to rely solely on it0. And as I said, I do like the idea
of reading contemporary versions of the hero stories (written by students) that
this web site includes. I often incorporate similar assignments and find them
very effective, but haven't included students' stories on my website. That
element of this site is nice.

If I were to use this website for my hero's quest class, I would simply have to
really emphasize what is good and BAD about Campbel and be sure my students also
understand and are accountable for the many other ideas of the hero and myth
generally. I have a website that does some of this: (go to the heroic patterns
link for instance).

Technical Remarks:

Technically the website seems well-designed and efficient.

Avatar for Abbe Altman
16 years ago

Abbe Altman (Staff)

This site breaks down the steps taken by Campbell's hero and clearly defines them. Having examples to look through helps crystalize the theory for students. Students would have a blast creating their own hero's journey stories!

Technical Remarks:

The only problem I encountered was in trying to read some of the stories in the archive. The instructions on how to acess them were not terribly clear.