Bill Moyers Essays

Comparative Mythology

Joseph Campbell’s term monomyth, also referred to as the hero’s journey, refers to a pattern found in many stories from around the world. In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. There begins many challenges and successes which plot line the story. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. In Pilgrims Progress, the pattern…

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