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The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph

Campbell

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Original Title: The Hero with a Thousand Faces


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Autor: Joseph Campbell
Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars (646) counts
Original Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
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Published: 1973 / by Princeton University Press / (first published 1949)
Language: English
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Nonfiction- 989 users
Fantasy >Mythology- 704 users
Philosophy- 393 users
Psychology- 294 users
Language >Writing- 213 users
Religion- 209 users
History- 198 users

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Alternate cover version of ISBN 10: 0691097437


Despite their infinite variety of incident, setting, and costume, the myths of the world offer only a
limited number of responses to the riddle of life.

In this book Joseph Campbell presents the composite hero. Apollo, the Frog King of the fairy tale,
Wotan, the Buddha, and numerous other protagonists of folklore and religion, enact
simultaneously the various phases of their common story. The relationship of their timeless
symbols to those rediscovered in dream by contemporary depth psychology is taken as a starting
point for interpetation. The psychological view is then compared with the words of such spiritual
leaders as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Loa-tse, and the "Old Men" of Australian tribes. From
behind a thousand faces the single hero emerges, archetype of all myth.

"This handsome volume is an excellent study of the myths of diverse world cultures brought
together so that all their similarities are emphasized until they merge into the monomyth...
Carefully annotated, impressive, and fascinating reading." - The Virginia Quarterly Review

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Other Editions:

- The Hero With a Thousand Faces (Paperback)

- The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Hardcover)


- The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Paperback)

- The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Hardcover)

- The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Hardcover)

Books By Author:
- The Power of Myth

- Myths to Live By

- Primitive Mythology (The Masks of God, #1)

- The Hero's Adventure: Power of Myth 1


- Oriental Mythology (The Masks of God, #2)

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- The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and


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- Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture

- The Golden Bough

- Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and
Filmmakers
- The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human
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- The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth

- Morphology of the Folktale


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Overcome Them

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Mar 08, 2008
Trevor
Rated it: it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, philosophy, social-theory, religion
We studied the Myth Cycle at Uni and I was interested enough to come back to this book years
later and read the whole thing. It is well worth a read an endlessly fascinating book by a
fascinating man.
The idea is that there is basically only one story, the grand story of our lives, the monomyth. This
story is told in millions of different ways, but ultimately every story ever told is either just a retelling
of this grand story, or it is a re-telling of certain aspects of this more complete sto
We studied the Myth Cycle at Uni and I was interested enough to come back to this book years
later and read the whole thing. It is well worth a read an endlessly fascinating book by a
fascinating man.
The idea is that there is basically only one story, the grand story of our lives, the monomyth. This
story is told in millions of different ways, but ultimately every story ever told is either just a retelling
of this grand story, or it is a re-telling of certain aspects of this more complete story.
I read, probably about a decade ago now, that if you submit a screenplay to Disney for
consideration they basically use the myth cycle to judge the worthiness of your script. And theyll
say things like, So, I wonta hear what you got to say, wheres the supernatural assistance from a
female divine for gad sake ay, wheres dat at? Or however it is that Disney executives speak.
I fall somewhere further from that particular tree. I think the Myth Cycle is a fascinating idea,
fascinating in the real sense that in fixates the mind once you begin contemplating it, and it is
something Im very glad Ive heard about. But would I use it to structure every story I ever write?
Well, no. Is it the touchstone I return to when appraising a work of fiction? Again, no. Like feminist
criticism, Marxist criticism, Freudian criticism, Structuralist criticism, deconstructionalist criticism
this particular variety of Jungian criticism is good to know about, but any schema that seeks to
encompass the whole of literature is only ever going to end up being a girdle. After a short while
the constraints and pinching imposed on literature by the theory are sure to become too much to
suffer and the restrictive garment needs to be taken off, if not cast aside. We may not be nearly as
pretty or shapely with these garments off, but at least we can breath.
Ideas in the cycle like the rejection of the call come into my mind constantly while reading or
watching films the rejection of the call to adventure is a clich in so many texts as it is in life.
And that is the point, Campbell doesnt see his ideas as being about interpreting literature, but that
the interpreting of literature is a way to come to an understanding of our own lives and that is
something I wholeheartedly agree with. So, rather than take this work as the last word on the
structure of stories and the monomyth and the possibilities of self-transcendence, this is a book
that is better read as an introduction to thinking about literature as a way of coming to understand
our own lives.
And what better task is there? And what surer guide than literature?
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Trevor
I've recently finished Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth and was
surprised that he clearly didn't think very highly of th
I've recently finished Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth and was
surprised that he clearly didn't think very highly of this book. But I would certainly recommend it.

Jul 24, 2013 09:27AM

Rakhi Dalal
And what better task is there? And what surer guide than literature?
I agree!

Jul 24, 2013 10:07AM