The Hero’s Journey 1. Separation A. Call Leaves their home, awakens to pursue a higher calling Invited into Adventure May be a sudden, traumatic change May be a vague sense of discontent B. The Threshold The “jumping off” point The gateway to the unknown C. Guardian/Mentor Guardians: beings or situations that block passage, protect us from journeys we are unready for, point the way Mentor: helper, brings a talisman to help through the ordeal, appears throughout the journey Begin journey into the unknown Into a physical or psychological unknown 2. Initiation and Transformation A. The Challenges Tempters try to pull hero away from path May pretend to be helper or friend Use fear, doubt, or distraction B. The Abyss Represents greatest challenge in the journey Hero faces greatest fear and must face it alone “Slay the dragon”- shape of something he dreads, has repressed, or needs to resolve Transformation: Part of hero dies, so new part is reborn, fear must die to make way for courage, ignorance for enlightenment, dependency for independence Revelation: a sudden, dramatic change in the way the hero thinks or views life, the change makes him a truly different person He is at “one” with his new self He has incorporated the changes caused by the journey and is reborn Return to everyday life Discovers his gift: Becomes richer & stronger Becomes a great leader Becomes spiritually enlightened C. The Transformation and Revelation D. The Atonement/Enlightenment 3. The Return Adapted From: Schulze. "Mrs. Schulze's English Class." English Adventures With Mrs. Schulze. Web. 12 Jan. 2011. <http://www.pschulze.com/>.