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Episode 12: Hero’s Journey (Pre-Reading)

On this week’s show, we go on an adventure with the Hero’s Journey!!


1.Shrek (2001 movie directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson)

2.Book of Life (2014 movie directed by Jorge Gutierrez)

3. Chapter 19 of the Silmarillion, Beren and Luthien (written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and edited by Christopher Tolkien)

Discussion Questions

1.Admittedly, the hero’s tale is a very formulaic one. How does this aid the narrative, and how does it hinder it? If a tale diverges from this, is it considered better or worse?

2.Are we cheapening the act of the Return of the hero? Does it mean as much when we expect it?

3.Why has the hero’s journey become this lasting, resonant storytelling structure?

We have some fun homework assignments this week, which hopefully will help shake off some of the grief you may have been feeling recently.  You still have two more days to complete your homework, and I know you can do it!



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