Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation (Restricted)



First Advisor

Prof. Michael Ingham


In this paper I will employ, Joseph Camp bells’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces to discuss his narrative model he terms ‘the Eleven Keys’, namely: Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Meeting the Mentor, Crossing the Threshold, Tests, Allies and Enemies, Approach to the Inmost Cave, Ordeal, Reward, Road Back, Resurrection, and Return with Elixir. The Three Stages of the Monomyth, Departure, Initiation, and Return will also be explained. The paper will be limited to covering only Part One of Campbell’s model: The Adventure of the Hero. Furthermore, the paper will be divided into three separate parts. The first part is Analytical in which I will dissect and discover what the Hero’s Journey is and what we can learn from it. The second part is Creative, in which I will apply the Hero’s Journey concept to a story that I will write myself. The final part is Reflective, in which I will discuss the nature of the Classical model of Heroism against the Modem Hero. In addition, I will be using one of the most epic Heroes in literary history from one of the most popular and imaginative stories ever written as an example: the Harry Potter novels. I have chosen Harry Potter novels as my case studies because J.K. Rowling closely followed this framework when writing her Harry Potter series. Just as Harry Potter became part of an entire magical universe, we too can go farther than we’ve ever expected. As we experience the Hero’s Journey, we are urged to ask ourselves: “Which stage of the journey am I on?” We can all be Heroes. Reading the Hero’s Journey is a good place to start.



Recommended Citation

Palencia, H. K. A. (2019). Unhappy the land that has no heroes? Heroes and role models for our times (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from