The Mentor who trains the hero in special skills.
The Oracle A wise - almost omniscient - seer who guides the hero.
The Prophecy A legend or ancient prophecy that the hero is expected to fulfill.
Failed Hero The guy who didn’t make it. In Memory of Biggs Darklighter
Wearing the Enemy’s Skin The hero must disguise himself as the enemy.
The Shape Shifter An archetypal friend or enemy with ambiguous or shifting loyalties.
Why? The monomyth of the hero’s journey helps us answer the most profound questions of the universe.
Why… … am I here? …is there suffering? What… …is the meaning of life?
Profound: from the Latin “profundus,” meaning “just before the bottom” or “at the edge of death.” (Brennan)
“A hero is someone who reaches the edge of death, steals a piece of magic, then brings the magic home to share with his community.” (Brennan)
We are all heroes on our separate journeys and our mission is to make the world a better place.
References Brennan, Kristen. “Star Wars Origins.” 1999-2001. Jitterbug Fantasia. 20 Sept. 2002. Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New York: Mythos Books, 1949. Vogler, Christopher. “The Writer’s Journey.” 2002. Michael Weiss Productions. 20 Sept. 2002.
Written and produced by Mollie Kelleher MMII “What it Is” Written & performed by Mark Knopfler Teacher of English Longmont High School St. Vrain Valley School District Adapted and edited by Matthew Opal Teacher of English Silver Creek High School St. Vrain Valley School District