By Christopher Vogler
An easy and straightforward to learn "translation" of Joseph Campbell's Hero constitution. i exploit it a worthy reference resource in my COM 245 Writing for the Media type at Wilmington college.
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Heroes may combine with other archetypes to produce hybrids like the Trickster Hero, or they may temporarily wear the mask of another 40 HERO archetype, becoming a Shapeshifter, a Mentor to someone else, or even a Shadow. Although usually portrayed as a positive figure, the Hero may also express dark or negative sides of the ego. The Hero archetype generally represents the human spirit in positive action, but may also show the consequences of weakness and reluctance to act. WILLING AND UNWILLING HEROES It seems Heroes are of two types: 1) willing, active, gung-ho, committed to the adventure, without doubts, always bravely going ahead, self-motivated, or 2) unwilling, full of doubts and hesitations, passive, needing to be motivated or pushed into the adventure by outside forces.
55 THE WRITER’SJOURNEY/Vogler PLACEMENT OF MENTORS Although the Hero’s Journey often finds the Mentor appearing in Act One, the placement of a Mentor in a story is a practical consideration. A character may be needed at any point who knows the ropes, has the map to the unknown country, or can give the hero key information at the right time. Mentors may show up early in a story, or wait in the wings until needed at a critical moment in Act Two or Act Three. Mentors provide heroes with motivation, inspiration, guidance, training, and gifts for the journey.
In nature, a powerful animal such as a bear will sometimes tolerate a smaller animal such as a fox nesting at the entrance of its lair. The fox, with its strong smell and sharp teeth, tends to keep other animals from wandering into the cave while the bear is sleeping. The fox also serves as an early warning system for the bear by making a racket if something tries to enter the cave. In similar fashion, villains of stories often rely on underlings such as doorkeepers, bouncers, bodyguards, sentries, gunslingers, or mercenaries to protect and warn them when a hero approaches the Threshold of the villain’s stronghold.