Hiero's Journey - 7. Hero's Journey
Even back in 1973 (the publication date) I suspect that the idea of the Hero's Journey was reasonably well known - Joseph Campbell popularised it in the 1949 book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, it is latent in many earlier writings back to anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor in 1871, and it features prominently in both Freudian and Jungian schools of psychoanalysis. The journey can be split into up to 12 stages, but a simple three-stage summary is
a: Departure: the Hero leaves the familiar world behind,
b: Initiation: the Hero learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of adventure,
c: Return: the Hero returns to the familiar world.
Does the book reflect this or is the title simply a happy coincidence?