The Hero's Journey Leads to Isolation

The archetypal hero of the hero's journey structure becomes increasingly isolated over the course of his adventure, with the story typically reaching its climax in a one-on-one confrontation between the hero and the villain. Throughout the hero's journey, connection and community are seen as threats to his ability to realize his individual self; his story is a pattern of repeated withdrawal and return. He is thwarted by attempts to tie him down and enforce structure upon him, whether through love, community, or civilization. Anything that might slow him down is understood to be a threat whereas his victory is realized in individual self-sacrifice (and often death).


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Carriger, Gail. The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture. 1st edition. GAIL CARRIGER LLC, 2020.


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