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Discover clues into the creation of popular stories: Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey," and more.

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Discover clues into the creation of popular stories: Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey," and more.

    The Privileged Hero - Black Panther

    The Privileged Hero - Black Panther

    A fight over the throne of Wakanda opposes two different ideas of justice. Revenge can be sweet but effective leadership requires more substance.

    • 17 min
    The Naive Hero - Clarice Starling

    The Naive Hero - Clarice Starling

    Clarice Starling doesn't have experience, but she has instinct and determination. She's going to need both to catch a killer and lots of help from a cannibal psychopath.

    • 19 min
    The Disguised Hero - Django

    The Disguised Hero - Django

    Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained touches on the harsh realities of human nature and the difficulties of going undercover.

    • 20 min
    The Shortsighted Hero - Mulan

    The Shortsighted Hero - Mulan

    Sometimes taking one's "place" in society requires breaking with tradition. In this adaption of an ancient Chinese tale, Mulan carves a place for herself but sets her aims low. Still, she serves as an example of courage in the struggle to be one's self.

    • 15 min
    The Stubborn Hero - Antigonê

    The Stubborn Hero - Antigonê

    Can a woman in ancient Greece win an argument and remain living? Sophocles has us pondering the ambiguity of right and wrong as the gods remain silent over human disputes.

    • 17 min
    The Incompetent Hero: Psyche

    The Incompetent Hero: Psyche

    Ancient Roman author, Apuleius, makes his heroine the butt of a joke, but is Psyche as pathetic as she seems?

    • 14 min

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