Campbell’s theory consists of 3 stages; The Departure, The Initiation, and The Return. In the departure the hero starts his journey and begins to grow. The hero is separated from his ordinary world and soon realizes a quest is in front of them. The initiation stage is where the hero continues to grow. Near the end of the initiation stage the hero starts to realize their qualities that make them heroic. Throughout this process heroes will be confronted with many trials and challenges. The focus of the hero’s quest is also revealed, but for one reason or another the hero cannot utilize it properly. This is where the Return phase begins. The hero gains the power to claim his prize and is recognized as a hero in this stage. When the hero returns home, he gains the ability to travel between the two worlds he has created, the world in which he is a hero and his original world.
Joseph Campbells story “Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice” conveys a hero in some way. Orpheus the protagonist goes through a hero’s journey where he is separated from his original.
In the “Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice” Orpheus does in some way play a heroic role in the story but unfortunately he fails during the last and probably the most important hurdle. In Campbell’s theory to become a true hero one must complete the process of separation, initiation and return. When someone does complete this process you can then say that person is a true hero. At the beginning of this process there must be some sort of separation from what the hero is used to. Most of the time this may have to happen with the hero going into a new world or it could simply be moving into the unknown. The most important part about the initiation stage is that you must win, no matter what it takes, there must be some sort of victory achieved. Finally, when all is achieved, the hero must return home from his initiation back to his familiar world which he has left at the start.
There is a lot of authority and understanding with Campbell’s theory. “The Journey” by Mary Oliver is written as a reflective, with whom everyone who wants to start a fresh life has to go through the struggles “road full of branches and stones”. These branches and stones are Oliver’s way of representing the many hardships and problems that we will encounter along the way. “little by little” one step at a time it will become easier to leave the past behind and