Mythological Hero’s Journey Summary Example 1. Mythological Hero’s Journey Summary P rovide an objective summary of a hero myth from Greek mythology by including the 5 most important parts of the hero’s journey. Be sure to identify at least two parts in a story that propel the action (PA), reveal aspects of a character(RC), or provoke a decision (PD). ★ propel the action (PA) =moves the plot or action along in time ★ reveal aspects of a character (RC) =shows or demonstrates the character’s personality ★ provoke a decision (PD) =helps or makes the main character decide something The Hero’s Journey Parts of Plot Stages 1-5. Beginning: Ordinary World → Call to Adventure→Crossing the Threshold 1. Exposition → Inciting Incident 2. Rising Action Stages 6-8. Middle: Initiation: Crossing the Threshold →The Ordeal Your Version w/PA, RC or PD 1. Hercules was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, Alcmene. Although he grew up strong and handsome, he was cursed by Hera who hated him for being the product of one of Zeus’s affairs. In his youth he was a great warrior who married a princess named Megara. Together they had two children and were very happy. This infuriated Hera so she sent him a fit of madness that caused him to slaughter his wife and children. 2. Hercules feels so much guilt and remorse when he regains his sanity, he asks the god Apollo to help him cleanse his soul of this sin. Apollo speaks to Hercules via the Oracle of Delphi and sends him to complete a series of tasks (twelve to be exact) to redeem himself from his wrong-doing. Here are his tasks known as the twelve labors: (1) Slay the Nemean Lion . (2) Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra . When Hercules cut off a head, two more replace it. Hercules demonstrates quick thinking here by cauterizing the neck so more heads won’t grow back.. (RC) (3) Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis . (4) Capture the Erymanthian Boar . (5) Clean the Augean stables in a single day. (6) Slay the Stymphalian Birds . (7) Capture the Cretan Bull . (8) Steal the Mares of Diomedes . (9) Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta , Queen of the Amazons . 3. Climax Stages 9-12 End: The Reward→ The Road Back→ the Return with Elixir 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution (10) Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon . Here he thinks he’s done but Eurysteus who gives him his assignments won’t count two of the tasks because he’s secretly working for Hera. (PA) (11) Steal the apples of the Hesperides traveling a great distance to the ends of the earth. (12) Capture and bring back Cerberus . 3. (CLIMAX) 4. After Hercules completes these 12 labors he sets himself on fire and burns his mortal flesh. 5. Zeus tells Hera that Hercules has suffered enough so she agrees to end his suffering and brings him to Mt. Olympus in a chariot thus fulfilling his destiny to become immortal.