The Heros Adventure
Watch Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: “The Heros Adventure” and respond to the following: 1. How does Campbell explain the heros thousand faces? What is the heros deed? 2. Why is the heros journey so universal? In what way does everyone need to undertake this journey? What kinds of transformations of the hero take place as a result of this journey? 3. What do the three tests of the Buddha and the three tests of Jesus represent in terms of the heros journey? 4. What does Campbell have to say about the heros transformation of consciousness? What is that? How does it happen? 5. What points does Campbell make using Star Wars? What does the old stranger (here: Obiwan Kenobi) give the young hero-to-be (here: Luke Skywalker)? About technology? About Han Solos character? About the cantina scene? The garbage compacter? Darth Vader? At 26:43, Campbell says, I dont think [The Hero with a Thousand Faces] will help you to change the system, but it would help you to live within the system as a human being. What does he mean? 6. Explain the following quotation from Campbell: The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for, and it is really a manifestation of his character. And its amusing the way in which the landscape and the conditions of the environment match the readiness of the hero. The adventure that hes ready for is the one that he gets. 7. What happens to Siegfried the dragonslayer once he slays the dragon? 8. What does Campbell illustrate using the story about the young native American woman and her snake husband? 9. What does the European dragon do and represent? What does it have to do with the ego? What kind of metaphorical dragons does he mention? 10. At 46:41, Campbell states what myths are for. How does he explain the meaning of myth here? What is myth for?