The Hero’s Journey — Final steps

1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. Are encouraged by a MENTOR to
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where
6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold
8. where they endure the ORDEAL
9. They take possession of their REWARD and

Our three steps for today: This will complete the hero’s journey

10. Heroes are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESSURECTION and are transformed by the experience.

12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.

***STEP TEN Heroes are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.

“Easy is the descent to the Lower World; but to retrace your steps and to escape to the upper air – this is the task, this the toil.” The Aeneid

The forces of evil strike back at the hero. She wants to get back to her ordinary world and share what she’s learned, but many battles lie ahead. Think of the frequent chase scenes in movies. The relationship between boy and girl is progressing, but the mother and the jealous other man/woman are still fighting.

***STEP ELEVEN They cross the third threshold, experience a RESSURECTION and are transformed by the experience.

I think that text should say a DEATH and Resurrection. This is the final exam. This is the ultimate test of the hero.

In most good stories the hero faces a death experience. This is the climax of the story, a death and resurrection. What better example than the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection? The hero is changed. Her old ways are gone. She’s a new person now.

***STEP TWELVE They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.

No, Aunt Em, this was a real truly live place. And I remember some of it wasn’t very nice. But most of it was beautiful. But just the same all I kept saying to everybody was “I want to go Home.” – the Wizard of Oz

The hero returns with the secret, the elixir. It may be that “Love conquers all,” or “Love overcomes difficulties,” or a person must break away in some fashion from their parents or… there are endless secrets.

The story comes full circle back to the ordinary world, but note that our hero is changed.

Take the following chart and:
Apply it to your own writing life
Watch a movie with it in front of you. Don’t forget, the order may be different.
Keep it by your computer for handy reference

1. Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where
2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. Are encouraged by a MENTOR to
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD and enter the Special World, where

6. they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
7. They APPROACH THE INMOST CAVE, crossing a second threshold

8. where they endure the ORDEAL
9. They take possession of their REWARD and
10. are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
11. They cross the third threshold, experience a RESSURECTION and are transformed by the experience.

12. They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.

An excellent resource is Christopher Vogler’s THE WRTIER’S JOURNEY

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