The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! When it comes to the actual text of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka … Continue reading The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Return with the Elixir

This is the 11th and final post in my series on mythic structure, or monomyth. 1. After being reborn and purified through a resurrection experience, our hero finally returns from the Extraordinary World. The journey has ended. The circle is complete. The hero has, in some sense, returned to the point where she started. 2. … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Return with the Elixir

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Resurrection

This is Part 10 of my series on mythic structure, or monomyth. 1. This stage is the climax of your story. The Ordeal was the major crisis; now your hero is facing his final and most terrifying confrontation with death. 2. It is often a major set piece sequence. Roger Thornhill in the movie North … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Resurrection

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Road Back

This is Part 9 of my series on mythic structure, or monomyth. 1. The Road Back is the transition from Act 2 to Act 3 of your story. The hero has completed her initiation and is now an evolved hero. It is time for her to begin her transition from the Extraordinary World back to … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Road Back

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Reward/Seizing the Sword

This is Part 8 of my series on mythic structure, or monomyth. 1. After surviving the Ordeal, the hero now claims a reward. The reward may come in many different forms: treasure, an object that helps the hero return home, a declaration of love/friendship, knowledge, power. In The Wizard of Oz, this is the point … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Reward/Seizing the Sword

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal

This is Part 7 of my series on the hero's journey, or monomyth. 1. The ordeal is the first major confrontation with the main forces of antagonism. After undergoing many tests, forming alliances, figuring out enmities, gaining some respect in the extraordinary world of the adventure, it is time for the hero to experience her … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Approach to the Inmost Cave

This is Part 6 of my series on the hero's journey, or monomyth. 1. This stage of the journey is when the story begins to coalesce around a major confrontation with the antagonist. The part of the journey that falls under "Tests, Allies and Enemies" can take up quite a bit of the story after … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Approach to the Inmost Cave

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Tests, Allies, and Enemies

This is Part 5 of my series on monomyth or the hero's journey. 1. After your hero crosses the threshold into the world of adventure, the rules of the new world are a good place to start when it comes to testing your hero. Here are some ways he can get into trouble right away: … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Tests, Allies, and Enemies

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Crossing the First Threshold

This is Part 4 of my series on monomyth, or the hero's journey. 1. Crossing the first threshold is the transition from Act 1 to Act 2 of your story. Up to this point, your hero is still connected to her ordinary world. In many models of mythic structure, the first part of the story … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Crossing the First Threshold

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Meeting with the Mentor

This is Part 3 in my series on mythic structure, or the hero’s journey. 1. Even though this stage of the journey is positioned after The Call to Adventure and The Refusal of the Call, the Meeting with the Mentor can happen at any point in the story. It is common for the hero to … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Meeting with the Mentor

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Call to Adventure & Refusal of the Call

This is Part 2 in my series on mythic structure, or the hero's journey. I am combining the next two stages of the hero's adventure, The Call to Adventure and Refusal of the Call, because they are so closely connected. 1. The call to adventure is issued by the herald archetype. This may be personified … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Call to Adventure & Refusal of the Call

Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordinary World

Now that I've finished my series about archetypes, I am beginning a new one about mythic structure. Mythic structure is also known as "monomyth" and even more commonly as the hero's journey. Mythologist Joseph Campbell described monomyth in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Film development executive Chris Vogler adapted and simplified many … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordinary World