Hero Journey: Joseph Campbell's monomyth proposes that narratives from around the world follow a basic pattern where the main character, or hero, leaves the common world and enters a supernatural world, achieves a victory, and then returns to the regular world with powers to help others.

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Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational Module
Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational Module

The monomyth, or the hero's journey, is a narrative theme examined in detail in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (2008) by Joseph Campbell. Based on the concept of archetypes, the hero's journey can be identified in quest stories, both emotional and physical, from a variety of time periods and cultures. After conducting research on the hero's journey, advanced 7th grade English Language Arts students will write an informational essay framed by Template Task 11 that defines the word "archetype" and explains how the hero's journey is evident in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

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