In my effort to understand the female hero’s journey, I came across this great quote from Christopher Vogler, an expert on the hero’s journey. He wrote an introduction to Kim Hudson’s book, The Virgin’s Promise.
…as Joseph Campbell did, you can trace the stages of a story as a circle. When women describe to me how they experience drama or a dramatic event in their lives, the graphic patterns that come to mind are a series of concentric circles or a spiral in which the female protagonist proceeds more inwardly through a series of levels than the make who tends to move out into the world. The female heroes seem to move towards the center of a series of rings that represent the different levels of female relationships – relationship with father and mother, other women, men, children, society, the gods and goddesses, and finally at the center with themselves, their own true natures. Then they may return through all those levels, unwinding the spiral, applying what they have learned at their center to each set of relationships. They may touch upon some or all of the stages of the Hero’s journey while they trace their own geometry, but they seem to be more interested in these relationships than in the external adventures and physical challenges.
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