The Self As Hero By Joseph Campbell Essay

1912 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
Joseph Campbell, in his book chapter “The Self as Hero,” argues how all heroes go through similar, if not the same, stages on the way to complete their journey. He supports his claim by citing evidence from classic literary tales like “The Princess and the Frog” and “When the Two Came to their Father” and appealing to pathos and logos. Campbell’s purpose is to educate readers on how most hero stories follow the same path and can influence and be influenced by the public, who can learn from the hero 's journey. The author writes in an academic tone for his audience, the readers of “The Self as Hero” and for people who enjoy the arts, heroism, and thrilling stories. In this essay, I will be comparing 3 stories different stories about heroes, including Sleeping Beauty, Lilo and Stitch, and How the Grinch stole Christmas, to Joseph Campbell’s “The Self as Hero” to see how they follow with Campbell’s theory on the stages of the hero’s journey and how they individually either extend, complicate, qualifies, illustrates, or challenges his argument. In his book chapter, Campbell uses the story Sleeping Beauty to illustrates his claim on the hero’s journey, while by showing how it perfectly describes the stage of the encounter with the perfect beloved. Like most classic Disney stories, the prince ends up living happily ever after married to his princess. Campbell states that, “In myths of the man’s adventure, the sacred marriage is union with the world 's goddess or with some minor…

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