Recently, I have come across a very interesting book with profound insight – “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” – released in 1949, by Joseph Campbell.
Since then, it became the "Bible" of movie script writers. And, the stages of the hero's journey outlined in the book had influenced a number flimmakers... Such as George Lucas's Star Wars, Disney's The Lion King, etc...
There are many articles on the internet wrote about the details on each step on the template, and I found an excellent short video clip in Youtube that illustrate the points clearly:
Here is the link if you cannot see it below: -> LINK
Now, I AM curious...
Is there any metaphor that we can learn something from this?
Of course. Since the Hollywood script writers can use it so successfully over and over, again and again to create movies that can resonate with the audience, meaning that there is something within the viewers even the viewers themselves may not consciously aware of it...
See, I believe that the Author, Joseph Campbell did not write this book to with the intention to inspire filmmakers or story writers. He wrote this to inspire all his readers and gave them many examples of how Hero in the past had acheive their success and what stages (challenges) they had been through.
There is a Chinese saying, "人生如戏 戏如人生" - "A Life is just like a Movie, a Movie is just like a Life." So true!
Then, isn't it a good idea to use the template to recognize what stage are we in the journey of life right now, and then continue to write the scripts for our own magnificent journey?
Life is without meaning. You bring the
meaning to it. The meaning of life
is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell<HOME>
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Here is a nice template (original source from here) for you to write a story... It can be your OWN STORY too. :-)