The Hero With A Thousand Faces

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Superman or Superwoman; Equality For All, Joseph Campbell “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” and The Movie “Alien” A hero is “a man (or occasionally a woman) of superhuman strength, courage, or ability, favored by the gods.” Based on this quote, found on “The Oxford English Dictionary Online,” one can assume that the hero would be a man based on the terms that are used. People often associate a man as being the almighty power in a situation. They are referred to as the hero. One does not often find a movie about superheroes with the hero being a woman. Gender should not define who is the better person. In order for one to be a hero, one must step up to the plate and destroy the monster behind the situation. If a woman is able to accomplish that task, then why can they not become a hero for society to cherish. Using The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell, Alien can be seen to argue how women are equal to men through the stages of a hero’s journey. In order for Ripley to become a hero, there has to be a situation in which she could shine. Relating this to Campbell’s piece, he explains the idea of the call to adventure. In this, he states “ a blunder—apparently the merest chance—reveals an unsuspected world, and the individual is drawn into a relationship with forces that are not rightly understood.” This quote demonstrates how the hero is chosen for a task that they do not necessarily want to do. This is considered the call to adventure, in which that is the hero’s
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