The hero’s journey is often set up as a mythological adventure that also serves as a rite of passage for the hero. There are three main parts of the journey: departure—initiation—return. Within these three parts there are a variety of stages a hero might pass through, though not all stages will be present in every story.
Birth Normally, unusual—sometimes quite fabulous—circumstances surround the conception, birth and childhood of the hero.
The Callto Adventure The hero lives in an ordinary world. The drama begins when he receives a call that will lead into the unknown. The hero is called to adventure by some external event or messenger and may respond to the call willingly or may be forced to accept it with suspicion and reluctance.
This first stage of the mythological journey – which we have designated the “call to adventure” – signifies that destiny has summoned…
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