Star Wars stories are often well known for following The Hero’s Journey in some fashion. For those unfamiliar with the idea, it originates with Joseph Campbell, in a way. It’s a narrative structure he discovered within the mythology of various cultures throughout time. Campbell, a comparative mythologist and scholar, detailed his thoughts about this archetypal journey in the book The Hero With a Thousand Faces.
Credit to adapting and understanding the structure of the Hero’s Journey story belongs largely to Christopher Vogler. He outlined his initial treatise in the 1980s while working as a story consultant for – wait for it – Disney. But he’d been thinking about the idea since college, while he was studying cinema at – again, wait for it – USC, George Lucas’ alma mater.
With the advent of the first Star Wars stand-alone story, it’s worth pausing to consider – is there a Hero’s Journey in evidence? It sure looks like it to me, and in today’s podcast, I’ll roll through the twelve typical steps of the Hero’s Journey, and flag for you where they happen in Rogue One for Jyn Erso.
And here’s more about the Hero’s Journey if you’d like to explore it further. And I want to know – what do you think about Jyn’s journey? Does it conform or bear similarity to the typical journey? What’s different, what’s cool, what did you enjoy the most? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: Stormtroopers (the garden variety kind), Snowtroopers
Today’s question: What four-word phrase does Rey utter when she realizes she’s going to have to fly the Falcon on Jakku?