The Hero's Journey Project:
Students will understand the various stages of the hero's journey in classical Greek literature by studying Homer's The Odyssey and related epics and mythology.
What Background Information is Needed?
- A basic introduction to Greek mythology.
- An overview of the major Greek Gods and Goddeses.
- An introduction to Joesph Campbell's concept of The Hero's Journey.
Hercules Defeats the Hydra
(image) Tavaux of Hercules (The Labors of Hercules)
Students will be able to describe the attributes of a hero and the key stages of the hero's journey.
Students will be able to
- recognize the formula for a heroic journey in Greek mythology and present the information using a power point slide show.
- clearly define what makes a literary hero.
- discuss the stages of the hero's journey including personal struggle and psyche.
This project is part of a 6-week unit on The Odyssey
Odysseus giving wine to Polyphemus
HOMER: THE ODYSSEY. - Odysseus giving wine to Polyphemus. Line engraving, 1805, after the drawing by John Flaxman..