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What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler

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What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature's most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero.

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  • Animator Chad Yapyapan
  • Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Director Kirill Yeretsky
  • Educator Matthew Winkler
  • Sound Designer Michael Feuser
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Artist Wing Luo
  • Motion Graphics Animator Robertino Zambrano
  • Narrator Matthew Winkler

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
The Hero Archetype in Literature, Religion, and Popular Culture: http://tatsbox.com/hero/ (along with a useful PowerPoint presentation teachers can download at this URL: http://tatsbox.com/hero/powerpnt.htm )
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (users embark on their own hero's journey): http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/smc/journey/
An American Masters Lesson from PBS for Teachers on George Lucas, the Power of Myth, and the Hero's Journey: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/lessons/george-lucas-and-the-power-of-myth/lesson-overview/1292/
And an interactive approach to the Hero's Journey: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/herosjourney/
And of course, information about Joseph Campbell's works on the subject, on the Joseph Campbell Foundation site:
The Hero With A Thousand Faces http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php?categoryid=83&p9999_action=details&p9999_wid=692
The Hero's Journey (semi-biographical film): http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php?categoryid=83&p9999_action=details&p9999_wid=681
Compare the stories of (a) Odin hanging from the world tree, Yggdrasil, (b) the Buddha seated under the Bodhi Tree, and (c) the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Do all of these religious episodes follow the pattern of the hero’s journey? Find a comparable story from another continent. Does it follow the hero’s journey pattern?
Challenge the paradigm. Is the hero’s journey formula so flexible that it can be applied to any story with a main character and a beginning-middle-end story arc? Try to identify a successful book or movie that defies the hero’s journey pattern. Consider how that story could be modified to conform to the hero’s journey. Compare the two versions.
Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell http://video.pbs.org/video/2201676017/
Video featuring respected screenwriter Chris Vogler's interpretation of Campbell's work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB_Q1gFsvIw
New Mexico State University iTunesU course on Mythology http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/mythology/id497995501

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Meet The Creators

  • Animator Chad Yapyapan
  • Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Director Kirill Yeretsky
  • Educator Matthew Winkler
  • Sound Designer Michael Feuser
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Artist Wing Luo
  • Motion Graphics Animator Robertino Zambrano
  • Narrator Matthew Winkler

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