The Hero with a Thousand Faces

campbell_1973_coverThe Hero with a Thousand Faces, 2nd edition

Joseph Campbell (1968)

Through The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell forever changed the way the world would look at myths and mythology. He did so by taking a vast set of seemingly unrelated myths from around the world and showing their similarities, thus their universality. Campbell convincingly applies Carl Jung’s work with psychological archetypes to the characters in these many myths to demonstrate the relationship between dream analysis and mythology, stating that “Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamics of the psyche.” By the end of the book, we have no trouble accepting that we are all heroes, each in our own, unique monomyth. 416 pages.

Parts of the book:

PREFACE

ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE TEXT

LIST OF PLATES

PROLOGUE: THE MONOMYTH

  1. Myth and Dreams
  2. Tragedy and Comedy
  3. The Hero and the God
  4. The World Navel

PART I: THE ADVENTURE OF THE HERO

CHAPTER I: DEPARTURE

  1. The Call to Adventure
  2. Refusal of the Call
  3. Supernatural Aid
  4. The Crossing of the First Threshold
  5. The Belly of the Whale

CHAPTER II: INITIATION

  1. The Road of Trials
  2. The Meeting with the Goddess
  3. Woman as the Temptress
  4. Atonement with the Father
  5. Apotheosis
  6. The Ultimate Boon

CHAPTER III: RETURN

  1. Refusal of the Return
  2. The Magic Flight
  3. Rescue from Without
  4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
  5. Master of the Two Worlds
  6. Freedom to Live

CHAPTER IV: THE KEYS

PART II: THE COSMOGONIC CYCLE

CHAPTER I: EMANATIONS

  1. From Psychology to Metaphysics
  2. The Universal Round
  3. Out of the Void–Space
  4. Within Space–Life
  5. The Breaking of the One into the Manifold
  6. Folk Stories of Creation

CHAPTER II: THE VIRGIN BIRTH

  1. Mother Universe
  2. Matrix of Destiny
  3. Womb of Redemption
  4. Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood

CHAPTER III: TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE HERO

  1. The Primordial Hero and the Human
  2. Childhood of the Human Hero
  3. The Hero as Warrior
  4. The Hero as Lover
  5. The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant
  6. The Hero as World Redeemer
  7. The Hero as Saint
  8. Departure of the Hero

CHAPTER IV: DISSOLUTIONS

  1. End of the Microcosm
  2. End of the Macrocosm

EPILOGUE: MYTH AND SOCIETY

  1. The Shapeshifter
  2. The Function of Myth, Cult, and Meditation
  3. The Hero Today

INDEX

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