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  • n. a cyclical journey or quest undertaken by a mythical hero

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Examples

  • In Bone, the monomyth is encased in what has come to be called the high fantasy epic.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • The documentary Finding Joe, directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon, is a heart warming and inspired retelling of Joseph Campbell's iconic Hero's Journey, one that lucidly walks us through perhaps the archetype of archetypes, the diagram for self-realization and psychological illumination known as the monomyth.

    Jason Silva: Finding Joe Documentary Reminds Us of Our Hero's Journey

  • Campbell took what had been also described as the monomyth -- the universal story, told with the same basic pattern, by every culture, about the journey of the hero.

    Printing: Book Review: Hero With a Thousand Faces

  • At the same time the game continues to explore the idea of monomyth, this time incorporating the influences of the Norse mythology into its narrative.

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  • Quoted sections come from the holy writ of collaborative metanarrative, Wikipedia, and full footnotes can be found on the "monomyth" page.

    Christopher Cocca: Updating The Hero Myth Of Barack Obama

  • I had a notion - possibly terminally pretentious, or cleverly postmodern or so I like to convince myself - that the characters could spend some time discussing the 'monomyth' story structure, the Hero's Journey found in different cultures and delineated in detail by Joseph Campbell in Hero With A Thousand Faces.

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  • Ralph's story seems to be some kind of monomyth plot or Gilgamesh-in-the-underworld-type scenario.

    Week 34: In Sunshine Or In Shadow

  • Joseph Campbell, in his classic book _The Hero with a Thousand Faces, _ showed how _all_ tales of heroic struggle fulfill the terms of what he called the "monomyth," the basic story of stories: "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • "monomyth" idea - that all cultures share a basic form and structure when it comes to their mythology.

    Comic Book Resources

  • John McCain's own story was compelling, but against the monomyth in anxious times, it never had a chance.

    Christopher Cocca: Updating The Hero Myth Of Barack Obama

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  • A device to decipher a story with,
    To break through the shell into the pith,
    Is to look for signs
    That the plot aligns
    To the classical course of the monomyth.

    June 16, 2014

  • There's quite a lengthy discussion on Wikipedia about the monomyth, its components and variations.

    December 24, 2012