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Harry Potter's Two Heroic Journeys
Explores Harry Potter's heroic journeys in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".
# 152434 | 1,950 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2013 in Literature (Children) , Literature (English)

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This paper explains that a heroic journey, which appears in a variety of classic stories, including myths and fairy tales, illustrates how humans strive to go beyond the limitations of their ordinary life and connect with a transcendent truth to inspire and transform themselves and their communities. The paper contends that author J.K. Rowling, was obviously influenced by the concept of the heroic journey, which played a significant part in the meaning of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The paper describes these two heroic journeys by Harry Potter, one in which Harry makes a journey from the ordinary world of Muggles and the another in which Harry transcends the ordinary world of the students at his school.

Table of Contents:
The Concept of the Heroic Journey
Harry Potter's Heroic Journeys

From the Paper:

"After examining the structure and thematic elements of some of the most vital myths in varied cultures, Campbell thought that they all told a common story of the heroic journey. Campbell saw the heroic journey as the template for stories as diverse as the life of Jesus Christ and the Odyssey. He thought he told a powerful story about how human beings could connect to the animating spiritual forces that are often hidden behind the dreary realities of every day life. He called story of the heroic journey the "monomyth," indicating that it was a single, overarching myth that had a monolithic presence in every culture.
"Campbell saw the heroic journey as ultimately being an inward journey to self-awareness in which the hero battles past his own personal limitations and gets in touch with the ideas and inspirations from which society can be reborn. The passage of the mythological hero is inward, where long lost powers and insights can be regained. His journey involves separation from the world, penetration to a source of power, and a "life-enhancing return." The hero dies as a "modern man" but is reborn as an "eternal man." The hero symbolizes the redemptive image within us all, which is waiting to be returned to life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New York: Pantheon Books, 1949.
  • Cousineau, Phil. Introduction to The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, Phil Cousineau, ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.
  • Luthi, Max. The Fairytale as Art Form and Portrait of Man, Jon Erickson, tr. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984.
  • Luthi, Max. Once Upon a Time; On the Nature of Fairy Tales, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1970.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

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