I always wondered if Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” applied to heroines. This is a very good analysis, with good examples. Although, I must admit, I never thought of Harley Quinn in this way.
In the 1940’s the academic Joseph Campbell created a theory called the Hero’s Journey or the Mono-Myth. It basically breaks down almost all myths in to 14 easily identifiable points. Modern story tellers have used it as a connect the dots instructions to write genre classics from Star Wars and to The Matrix. It’s basically the blue print for how a young man to becomes a hero. But the Hero’s Journey is almost always a masculine undertaking. Recently I have been wondering if it applies to females too, I am not surprised that it is also a perfect template for a heroine story.
Joseph Campbell father of hero’s journey
Joseph Campbell devised 17 points, in 3 parts, that define the Hero’s Journey. Later academics have often condensed these points. It makes the Journey easier to understand and also allows us to apply it to more stories. In this post…
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