Discover clues into the creation of popular stories: Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey," and more.
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.
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.
The Disguised Hero - Django
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained touches on the harsh realities of human nature and the difficulties of going undercover.
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.
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.
The Incompetent Hero: Psyche
Ancient Roman author, Apuleius, makes his heroine the butt of a joke, but is Psyche as pathetic as she seems?