Post Reply Does anyone believe the hero's journey should be done in groups?
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Posted 12/21/17
You know how the hero's journey is also called the "monomyth", and usually lives up to the "mono" part by being about a single hero going on a quest?

A History Channel documentary called "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed" showed me that they're often done in groups, instead. It's why in the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker was backed up by the slew of archetypes normally associated with any other group of heroes like his own, including the lancer (Han Solo), the chick/heart (Princess Leia), the brains (C-3PO and R2-D2) and the muscles (Chewbacca).

And to me, as much as I'd be impressed by a single hero surviving the dangers of the outside world alone, there's also the matter of group selection, whereby the survival of the group is based on altruism and matters more importantly than the survival of the individual, which is based on selfishness. That's why we have so many anime, video games, etc., almost always promoting the powers of friendship and teamwork, because these two things are what help each group of heroes survive, as opposed to just one hero surviving alone.

Which is why I'd pick yes. What about you, and why?
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Posted 12/21/17
This, I think, is very much a case of "Why not both?"
Different stories and different authors work within different frameworks
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I think it depends on the story. But there is safety in numbers when your chances of survival are limited.. So I vote yes.
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