The Hero with a Thousand Faces / Edition 2

The Hero with a Thousand Faces / Edition 2

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by Joseph Campbell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1577315936

ISBN-13: 9781577315933

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: New World Library


Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through

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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists—including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers—and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577315933
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
26,376
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresxi
List of Platesxvi
Preface to the 1949 Editionxxi
Introduction to the 2004 Commemorative Editionxxiii
Acknowledgmentslxvi
Prologue: The Monomyth1
1.Myth and Dream3
2.Tragedy and Comedy23
3.The Hero and the God28
4.The World Navel37
Part 1The Adventure of the Hero
Chapter IDeparture45
1.The Call to Adventure45
2.Refusal of the Call54
3.Supernatural Aid63
4.The Crossing of the First Threshold71
5.The Belly of the Whale83
Chapter IIInitiation89
1.The Road of Trials89
2.The Meeting with the Goddess100
3.Woman as the Temptress111
4.Atonement with the Father116
5.Apotheosis138
6.The Ultimate Boon159
Chapter IIIReturn179
1.Refusal of the Return179
2.The Magic Flight182
3.Rescue from Without192
4.The Crossing of the Return Threshold201
5.Master of the Two Worlds212
6.Freedom to Live221
Chapter IVThe Keys227
Part 2The Cosmogonic Cycle
Chapter IEmanations237
1.From Psychology to Metaphysics237
2.The Universal Round242
3.Out of the Void-Space249
4.Within Space-Life253
5.The Breaking of the One into the Manifold261
6.Folk Stories of Creation268
Chapter IIThe Virgin Birth275
1.Mother Universe275
2.Matrix of Destiny280
3.Womb of Redemption285
4.Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood288
Chapter IIITransformations of the Hero291
1.The Primordial Hero and the Human291
2.Childhood of the Human Hero295
3.The Hero as Warrior309
4.The Hero as Lover316
5.The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant319
6.The Hero as World Redeemer322
7.The Hero as Saint327
8.Departure of the Hero329
Chapter IVDissolutions337
1.End of the Microcosm337
2.End of the Macrocosm345
Epilogue: Myth and Society351
1.The Shapeshifter353
2.The Function of Myth, Cult, and Meditation354
3.The Hero Today358
Bibliography363
Index383

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Reading Joseph Campbell books is like¿. First you walk out into a clear desert night, a cloudless sky above, and you see many stars. There are the patterns of stars described by the zodiac signs, but those patterns are haphazard, jerky, and ¿not real.¿ Those are the patterns people strain to create from apparent chaos because they do not have the tools to see deeper into space. They do not have the tools to see the Real patterns. But there are those people who do have the tools, and one such implement is the telescope. The better the telescope, and the more you learn where to look, the better you see the patterns. You see entire galaxies, binary stars, and those exploding. There are black holes. Life and death throughout the universe, and there are repeated themes everywhere you look. Only the details change. You may not understand the archetypical galaxies, or how they dance together in some great symphony that physicists are forever struggling to describe, but the fact that there ARE patterns is obvious. The rules apparently don¿t change, just the details in how they are expressed. This is nothing new, and it is certainly not a revelation that patterns occur, too, within us. Perhaps myths are like internal galaxies, swirling about within us by certain rules, and then there is ¿that uncertainty thing¿ that we hope might translate into free will. Well, this review seems a bit galactic itself, and perhaps a bit out there, but Joseph Campbell, with this book, has provided a telescope that points to certain galaxies within each person and population, galaxies which reverberate throughout humankind past, present, and future. And though Campbell helps us see these galaxies, there obviously remains much to be explained. One of the interesting things about the act of peering through a telescope is in knowing that other people have looked, or will look, through the same apparatus. Will they see what you see? How will others interpret messages delivered by photons that zip through space into their curious eyes? Recently I read a book called 'Danger Close' by Mike Yon. It is the true story of an American soldier who was charged with murder in Maryland. Throughout the book I noticed themes, patterns and so forth. At times it seemed as though the author were winking at a small (a very small) section of the readership. The author seemed to allude to Joseph Campbell and his discoveries. In the final hilarious chapter of Danger Close, the future soldier, then a teenager in a Florida high school uttered, ¿sat chit ananda¿ to his raging school principal. And that was when I knew the author had studied his art beyond the writing of a single true sentence; he said so clearly to those few who could read the signs. The author had peered through the telescope created by Joseph Campbell, had seen the galaxies swirling, and had applied the principles of Creative Mythology to a true story, and perhaps that is why 'Danger Close' is categorized as ¿creative nonfiction.¿ The book, or rather the author, even won the very prestigious William A. Gurley award for application of scholarship. I have also noticed that a certain lawyer, a man who wins his cases without fail, sub fuses mythology in his winning arguments. The lawyer uses symbolism and the structure of myth tirelessly, presenting contemporary cases as if they were epic drama. Some of these stories, when presented to juries, have returned verdicts worth tens of millions of dollars. THAT is an example of the power of ¿applied myth.¿ 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' is a ¿must read,¿ a part of the training, for any serious writer, artist, or anyone who wishes to reach people on a basic level, or to better understand some of the powerful galaxies swirling within us.
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Anadeau More than 1 year ago
I can easily say this is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've ever read. It is outrageously interesting and makes the reader truly question many of our fables, fairy tales, religious stories and in general our understanding of literature through different cultures. In "The Hero with a Thousand Faces", Joseph Campbell states that there is "the monomyth" which is a term he borrowed from Joyce Finnegan's "Wake". He defines the monomyth as the importance and/or presence of a myth in human culture, society and individual experience. It has the ability to transcend time, place, culture, gender and spiritual aspects. The universal theme of the book is that mythological events and beliefs occur in very similar ways in very different cultures, sometimes as far as half the world away. The monomyth he is referring to is what we like to think of as "the hero's journey". Campbell uses the archetypal story of the hero's journey to explore essential human truths. The hero's journey translates throughout cultures; Osiris was the Egyptian hero, Prometheus is the champion of mankind in Greek mythology, the Budda's story and relevance to Eastern culture and philosophy, and also probably the most recognizable one is Jesus Christ, and what he did for humanity. The hero's journey can be broken down into three parts, but is not limited to them. The first one is; A Call to Adventure. This is where the hero must begin his quest to serve a purpose beyond themselves. This is generally followed by; A Road of Trials. This is probably easiest to explain using the example of Jesus seeing as he was put through many trials and hardships but he fought through them. And finally is; the goal or the "boon". The boon is the prize at the end of the tunnel. The hero's journey can end here, although another important aspect is the applications of the boon after the hero returns home. Does the hero decide to keep it for themselves, or relay it to the people. Now this book is primarily a psychological study of cultural phenomenon, showing similarities between ancient eastern and western civilization's fabels and myths, and uses tools such as psychoanalysis to answer his ultimate question "Why is mythology everywhere and the same, beneath its varieties of costume?" This question really made me think. I liked almost all of the aspects of this book and in the years Ive been reading, Ive only come by a few books as interesting and thought inducing as this, also his word choice was glorious. I cant think of anything negative about this book, besides maybe the fact that it ended. Id give this book 5 out of 5 stars and Id highly recommend it to anybody who finds mythology, history, psychology, or philosophy interesting. Id recommend "Candide" by Voltaire and also anything by early Freud. In conclusion, read this book. Learn it, Love it, Live it.
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