The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, Line Drawings throughout
  • Publisher: New World Library
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  • Category: Religion & beliefs
  • ISBN: 9781577315933



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I picked this book up based on my memories of a video I saw in high school, showing the hero myth and how it was used in Star Wars. This original text is a bit more dry, wouldn't you know? Still, there are a lot of interesting myths, folktales, and religious stories in here. I was a bit put off in the beginning by frequent references to Freudian psychoanalysis that, to me, accepted it at face value too readily. But by the end of the book, Campbell states what he believes myths are meant to accomplish, and freely admits that no one analysis is entirely correct. I didn't race through this, but it was interesting. Since I bought it to, on one level, help with my writing, I might instead try The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher E. Vogler, which is based on Campbell's work but is more tailored to writers, from what I have read.

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A great study on myth and how humans view history.

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Six-word review:Brilliant exposition of the ubiquitous monomyth.

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