According to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hero, a HERO can be defined as follows:
- In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods;
- A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life;
- A person noted for special achievement in a particular field; and/or,
- The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
How are heroes made? Whether the hero appears in an epic poem or a contemporary novel, all heroes seem to share one experience that marks them as heroes: a character [sometimes a quite unlikely one, such as Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit from the Shire] undertakes a journey [or quest], and in so doing, regardless of the outward purpose of the journey/quest, this character has experiences and learns something about himself becoming a hero in the process. And that is exactly what Ged does in A Wizard of Earthsea--he finds himself as a result of a journey.
Joseph Campbell described the hero's journey as occurring in a cycle consisting of three phases: Departure, where the hero leaves his comfortable and familiar world and ventures into the darkness of the unknown; Initiation, where the hero is subjected to a series of tests in which he must prove his character; and Return, in which the hero brings the boon of his quest back for the benefit of his people.
The hero's journey is about growth and passage. The journey requires a separation from the comfortable, known world, and an initiation into a new level of awareness, skill, and responsibility, and then a return home. Each stage of the journey must be passed successfully if the initiate is to become a hero. To turn back at any stage is to reject the need to grow and mature. http://www.uky.edu/~aubel2/eng104/myth/hero.pdf
Do you agree with Joseph Campbell's explanation of the hero's journey and its three-part cycle? How does Ged's journey fit Joseph Campbell's description of the this three-part cycle? Regardless of where you are in your reading, identify where Ged is in relation to Campbell's cycle [Departure, Initiation, or Return], and explain why you believe this is correct.
Teacher Barb :)