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"The Call to Adventure"
A review of "The Call to Adventure" by Joseph Campbell.
# 49157 | 942 words | 0 sources | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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The paper examines how, in "The Call to Adventure", Joseph Campbell explores rites of passage themes in myth, folklore, and fairy tale. It focuses on the 'call to adventure' signified in the myth by a herald summoning the hero and looks at how the herald comes in a myriad of forms, depending on the particular needs of the initiation. It also shows how Campbell's essay explicates the mythological dimension of the human experience and how each personal transformation is preceded and guided by spiritual and psychological forces beyond the grasp of the conscious mind.

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"A third force is inevitable, however. This is the unfulfilled promise, or in the case of the girl, the "unconsidered" promise (414). Her action could have a wide range of consequences; for instance, she could be compelled by guilt to return to the frog, thus completing the covenant; or she could later be tormented and turned from the most beautiful girl in the world to the ugliest by the magical powers of the frog. Whatever the case, the little princess will never be the same again. Her rite of passage is irreversible, mirroring the inevitability of puberty or any other stage of growth. Although she got her toy back, her perception of it and the world at large has changed following her contact with the frog."

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