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We Need a Hero!. An Archetypal Hero, the Hero’s Journey, and a Hemingway Code Hero. Wait…there’s a pattern?. Joseph Cambell 1940s The Hero with a Thousand Faces Identified underlying patterns in myths, stories, and spiritual traditions

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We need a hero

We Need a Hero!

An Archetypal Hero, the Hero’s Journey, and a Hemingway Code Hero


Wait there s a pattern

Wait…there’s a pattern?

  • Joseph Cambell

    • 1940s

    • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

      • Identified underlying patterns in myths, stories, and spiritual traditions

      • Brought public’s attention to them and created language with which to communicate the archetypes in narratives


It really is everywhere

It really is EVERYWHERE

Even though you might not know it yet, almost every narrative you read, person’s life story you hear, and movie you see will have some or all elements of the Hero’s Journey

…yes… Superbad, The Odyssey, your grandmother’s life story, YOUR life story, Star Wars, Shrek, Old Man and the Sea…and on and on and on


Archetypal hero

Archetypal Hero

  • Unusual circumstances of birth; sometimes in danger or born into royalty

  • Leaves family and lives with others

  • An event, sometimes traumatic, leads to an adventure or quest

  • Hero has a special weapon only he can wield

  • Hero always has supernatural help

  • Hero must prove himself many times while on adventure

  • The Journey

  • Hero experiences atonement with the father figure

  • When the hero dies, he is rewarded spiritually


There are 7 archetypes in a journey characters beings

There are 7 Archetypes in a Journey (Characters/Beings)

  • Hero

  • Mentor

  • Threshold Guardian

  • Herald

  • Shapeshifter

  • Shadow

  • Trickster


And 12 stages to the journey

…and 12 Stages to the Journey

  • Ordinary World

  • Call to Adventure

  • Refusal of the Call

  • Meeting with the Mentor

  • Crossing the Threshold

  • Tests, Allies, and Enemies

  • Approach to the Inmost Cave

  • Ordeal

  • Reward (Seizing the Sword)

  • The Road Back

  • Resurrection

  • Return with the Elixir


A nd hemingway has a different hero

And Hemingway has a different Hero?

  • Hemingway Code Hero

    • A man’s man – drinking, love affairs, bull fights, etc.

    • Involved in things the typical male is not

    • Does not talk about what he believes in

    • Man of action rather than theory

      • Not a talker, a doer


Death is coming turn and draw

Death is coming…Turn and Draw

  • The Hemingway Hero must avoid death at all costs

    • Life is enjoyable…we like life…we want to live

    • Hemingway often places his heroes in harms way and makes them choose to confront death

      • Courage and grace under pressure

      • Fear of death but not afraid to die; never a coward

      • In death’s presence, a man discovers his own sense of being…his potential


Driven by death

Driven by Death…

  • Death is the basis of the actions of Hemmingway’s Heroes

    • “when you’re dead, you’re dead”

    • Death ends all; man must seek his reward here, now, immediately

    • Exists in large part for gratifying his sensual desires (eating, drinking, sex)


The thing to look for in a man is self discipline

The thing to look for in a man is… Self-Discipline

  • It is consistent from day to day

  • Hemingway’s hero is never a sloppy drunk – he can hold his liquor – he is disciplined

  • Action is important – talking about it is not

    • Emotions take away from the importance


Above average please

Above average please….

  • The Hemingway Code Hero is skilled

    • When he does what he is good at, he finds himself

    • Does not put up with mediocrity

  • Loyalty is handed in small doses

    • Intense, personal , immediate friendships with those like him


To sum it up

To Sum it uP

The Hemingway Code Hero

The test of Heroism is courage

The essence of Heroism is conduct


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