The Hero's Journey, Part IV

Photo courtesy of JD Hancock. Flickr Creative Commons.

Photo courtesy of JD Hancock. Flickr Creative Commons.

The Hero's Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar, Joseph Campbell, that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, and religious ritual. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization. In the case of the main character in the book, Crushed, it is on behalf of womanhood. 

The second four stages of The Hero's Journey were discussed in the previous blog post, The Hero's Journey, Part III. What follows is the third and final of three phases. How each of these relate to the book, Crushed, is highlighted in italics. Please note that spoilers to the story lie ahead so if you haven't read Crushed we recommend doing so first. 

9.        THE REWARD.  The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.  There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.

Grace puts the pieces together to realize Lucille's motivations are not what she says they are. 

10.      THE ROAD BACK.  About three-fourths of the way through the story, the hero is driven to complete the adventure, leaving the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home.  Often a chase scene signals the urgency and danger of the mission.

Grace agrees to become one of Lucille's Ambassadors and offers to host a party of past Finedale alumna. 

11.     THE RESURRECTION.  At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.  He or she is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level.  By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved.

Grace confronts Lucille at the alumna event to which Lucille spews resentment. Grace convinces Lucille to step down or face prosecution. 

12.       RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR.  The hero returns home or continues the journey, bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed.

Grace meets with her friends at the restaurant she left from when she went to pick her husband up at the airport at the start of the story. Not only are long-time friends in attendance but her new friends, as well. In the Epilogue Grace is with Peter, Nick, her father - George, and Joyce and talks about transforming Finedale and bringing Peter on-board as part of the team. 


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