The Hero's Journey
The Odyssey by Homer
The Hero is Introduced
Odysseus is introduced to the readers on Ithaca, where his wife Penelope is seen giving birth to their only child, Telemachus.
1. The Ordinary World
The Hero is Called.. he hopefuly answers
Odysseus becomes a crucial asset and is needed to sway the Trojan War.
The Hero Hangs Up
Odysseus prays to Athena in a vain attempt to avoid getting involved. He wants to stay with his wife and son.
The Student meets the Master
Odysseus is constantly saved from death by Athena, who seems to take a strange liking to Odysseus and decides to help.
4. Call to Adventure
3. Refusal of the Call
2. The Mentor
The Hero Leaves his Bubble
After joining the Trojan War and bringing victory, Odysseus manages to anger Poseidon and gets thrown off course from his return Home
The Hero Gets a Test.
He didn't study
On his botched route home, Odysseus encounters many a foe. (Cicones, Lotus Eaters, Polyphemus, Cerce, and more.)
The Hero approaches a Challenge or Goal
Odysseus comes so close to Ithaca, but his crew members mess it all up after opening the bag of wind.
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
5, Crossing the Threshold
The Hero Returns
Odysseus returns home to find that Penelope has been relentlessly pursued by suitors.
The Hero Conquers and wins Treasure
Odysseus is given passage home by the King of the Phaeacians.
The Hero faces Death
Odysseus faces death literally as he travels to the Land of the Dead for answers.
10. The Ordeal
9. The Reward
8. The Road Back
The Hero is Tried Once More
Odysseus, now disguised as a beggar, cleverly devises a plan to get rid of the suitors, and brutally murders them all.
The Hero is Transformed
Odysseus has reclaimed the throne, and has re-emerged as his sadistic power-hungry self. Everything is back to normal.
12. Return with the Elixir
11. The Ressurection