Joseph Campbell

A Scavenger Hunt for 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' Students

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Dana Huff
dana at huffenglish dot com

Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.


As we embark on our semester study of Joseph Campbell's theories regarding literature, mythology, and life, our first task is to learn more about Campbell and his ideas. Complete each of the following tasks and write a reflection in your blog.

  1. Who was Joseph Campbell?

    Begin with Joseph Campbell's biography on Wikipedia. What did you find interesting in his biography? Did you click on any of the articles linked in his biography? Which ones? What did you learn from those articles?

  2. What is an archetype?

    We are going to be talking about archetypes a lot this semester, so it will help to know what one is. First, read this Wikipedia article on Jungian archetypes, then read about each of the following archetypes:

    Think of the literature you have read. Have you seen any of these archetypes in characters in this literature? Which ones? Which books/characters/films have you seen them in? How do they fit the description of the archetype?

  3. The Hero with a Thousand Faces

    The Hero with a Thousand Faces is considered Campbell's seminal treatise on the theory of the monomyth, and it will form the centerpiece of our studies. Read this introductory article at Wikipedia about the book. What piques your interest?

  4. The Joseph Campbell Foundation

    Explore the Web site of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. What work do they do? What did you find on the site that was interesting or provocative?

  5. Mind Map of Campbell's Ideas

    The image below is Austin Kleon's mind map of Campbell's ideas (click on it for a larger version).

    Joseph Campbell Mind Map

    Keeping in mind we have not begun to study Campbell in-depth yet, and this mind map is obviously the work of someone who has studied Campbell, what details interest you?

Now what?

Respond to the questions in your blog, also adding your responses to the following:

Credits and References

The image of Joseph Campbell was found at Empire Screenwriting Source and is used in accordance with fair use for educational purposes.

The Joseph Campbell Mind Map was created by Austin Kleon and is used in accordance with a Creative Commons License.

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Last updated September 7, 2008