The Hero's Journey

In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.

The concept was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), who described the basic narrative pattern as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

To celebrate the kick-off of our upcoming VR experience: Journey for Elysium, we created our own version of Joseph Campbell's hero's journey. You can now buy this beautiful print (61cm x 61cm) through our shop!

Alexander Casteels