In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: MonomythFrom: email@example.com
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 11:18:38 EDT
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At first as I listened to the tapes about Ceremony and the monomyth, I kind of dismissed it as something that I wouldn't use in my classes. I do discuss the epic hero with Odysseus, but the monomyth seemed too indepth for my students. Then I got into a website on Joseph Campbell and the Hero with a Thousand Faces where he discusses the monomyth, and the more I read, the more I realized that Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities fit perfectly! We are just finishing up the book today, so I ran off some information about the hero and the monomyth and will try it with Brit Lit to see how it goes. The website with the information was www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/smc/journey/#. It is actually a site for storytelling, but it has a wonderful summary of each step in the hero's journey, along with examples from classic literature, student literature, Star Wars, and contemporary literature.