In other words, the hero's journey represents the universal human condition of being born into this world, growing, learning, struggling to become an individual, and dying. However, it can also be a positive force, such as the spitfire young girl who coaxes the lonely bounty hunter out of his shell in, True Grit. During the separation stage, she has to overcome the expectations that the rest of her life will be spent on her family’s farm. This event, also termed the “call to adventure,” is the start of their journey, and it can manifest in different ways. Deb Peterson is a writer and a learning and development consultant who has created corporate training programs for firms of all sizes. This is a powerful contrast, and one we’ll be returning to later in the article. We find him on Tattooine yearning for adventure. She meets helpers along the way, but rather than depending on them, they depend on her to help, thus reversing society’s view of women. If you like to fill your stories with suspense you likely have one—if not many—important Shapeshifter characters. You'll also be able to identify archetypes in your life experience and bring that wealth to your work. Tobias clearly wears the mask of the Mentor archetype, but we’ll be coming back to him soon, as that isn’t the only archetype he wears. Based on that definition, you might initially think of the classic “damsel in distress” or “knight in shining armor” from European fairy tales. While it’s easy to see Vos as the Shadow, Qi’ra actually fills this archetype in an even more crucial way. Essentially the journey “. Some common examples of setting archetypes include: The Garden - Symbolizes love and fertility; The Forest - Can be a wild place with dangers and beasts; it can also be a place to reconnect with nature; The River - Water symbolizes life, and the river can show life's journey or boundaries; The Sea - Can be both good and evil, with dangers and treasures. The herald often delivers the Call to Adventure, sometimes in the form of a letter, a phone call, an accident. Luke Skywalker follows the typical hero’s Journey; like Aladdin. Still, without your Hero proving they’ve mastered their new skills, these Guardians will prevent them from reaching their final test at all. One of the primary Threshold Guardians on Han’s journey—though there are many—is a familiar character: Tobias Beckett. Their gifts often come in the form of information or gadgets that come in handy later. TEDxMileHigh Events I guarantee you'll see some or all of them. Where are you on your path and who are the important characters in your journey? Upon her return, Dorothy learns that her life can be different and that she does not need to depend on her uncles. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. Like the example of the traitorous friend we talked about at the start of this article, the Shapeshifter shows a different face when looked at from different angles. He cuts big egos down to size and brings heroes and readers down to earth, Vogler says. An older coworker passing along important tips at your new job or a friend turns out to be talking behind your back. In our case study, Han Solo fills the role of the Hero, though various Allies such as Val also fill it under special circumstances. He grows the most from beginning to end, and is the catalyst for the movie’s progression. Do you notice a trend? Author Maureen Murdock has examined and written about a key difference in her work, The Heroine’s Journey: A Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, . Mankind shows eternal optimism in the continual portrayal of good triumphing over evil despite great odds. When you grasp the function of the archetype a character expresses, you will know his or her purpose in the story. Their function is not necessarily to stop the hero but to test if he or she is really determined to accept the challenge of change. Of course, just like many characters can act as the Hero, many characters take on aspects of the Shadow. Essentially, every character, whether in a book or a film, follows the same path and encounters three fundamental experiences along the way— separation, initiation, and return. However, other characters can also wear the Hero archetype at different points in your story. Something changes the hero’s situation, and nothing is the same ever again. This path— this overlaying arc— is called the Hero’s Journey. *Spoiler alert* Lord Voldemort dies, the Death Star blows up, and Dorothy makes it back to her family in Kansas. In the separation stage, the hero receives some kind of aid to push them to the threshold of their adventure. The reader is usually invited to identify with the hero. So what exactly are we talking about here? Archetypes are something we experience every day…. In her response to Campbell’s initial publication of the hero’s journey, Murdock. Both begin from the same place and both are seeking to escape to a better life, but where Han’s journey molds him into a Hero, Qi’ra becomes a Shadow. Toto is taken away, and the adventure begins. This archetype is there to equip the Hero through knowledge, encouragement, and skills that allow them to overcome the conflict of the story and eventually surpass their flaws. Each of them have a lot to offer, and they go into much more detail than I can here. Maybe you’re in the midst of massive conflict and it seems endless and impossible. Society’s expectations are that she will continue to support her uncles and follow in her aunt’s footsteps. A character that’s been light-hearted throughout your story can suddenly turn serious as they approach the Climax. The best shadows have some admirable quality that humanizes them. Shadows may also represent unexplored potentials, such as affection, creativity, or psychic ability that goes unexpressed. He brings change by drawing attention to the imbalance or absurdity of a stagnant situation and often provokes laughter. These archetypes help you flesh out your story with a complete cast, while ensuring no character exists without a purpose. As we lead up to TEDxMileHigh’s Summer 2020 event. The answer is a resounding yes! . She learns that there is adventure out there over the rainbow, but she shouldn’t take her current life or family for granted. Both books are well worth your time, but we’ll be covering Vogler’s description of character archetypes here. For periods of the story Lando also serves as an Ally, but his true alliance is always with himself. Only after he proves himself does Tobias allow him to join, fulfilling the role of the Threshold Guardian. Obi-Wan brings the droids and acts as a call to adventure. So is Q from the James Bond series. This is the end of the hero’s journey. Fortunately, Ally archetypes are usually easy to identify, and primary Ally for Han is Chewbacca.