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Example of the Hero’s Journey

I’m bored, and this could be good practice. At the moment I’m working on some big stories, but they seem to be all over the place and I might need to start again from scratch (from what the protagonist and antagonist wants).

Right now I thought I’d try to fit some classic stories into the Hero’s Journey story structure I posted a while ago.

The Wizard of Oz

Ordinary World: Dorothy lives in Kansas with her Aunty Em and other relatives (I never paid attention to this so I don’t want to get it wrong). She is afraid the neighbor will take her dog Toto away and have him killed. To prevent this from happening, Dorothy runs away from home, but then returns when she is convinced her family is worried about her.

The Call to Adventure: A twister reaches the farm Dorothy lives on, but Dorothy arrives too late to get safely in the shelter. She looks for her family inside the house, but Dorothy is trapped as the house is lifted into the sky by the wind.

Mentor/Supernatural Aid: Dorothy arrives in Oz. She is stranded there. The Good Witch of the North explains the situation to her (the whole good witch, evil witch thing and having to see the wizard for assistance) and offers her help (well sort of).

Crossing the First Threshold: Dorothy sets off down the yellow brick road to get to the Emerald City where the wizard lives. She hopes the wizard will be able to get her back to Kansas. The Wicked Witch of the West pursues Dorothy to get the ruby slippers from her.

Tests, Allies and Enemies: Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion on her travels down the yellow brick road. They join Dorothy on her journey as supporting characters, hoping the wizard will also be able to fulfill their desires. They reach the Emerald City despite the traps and intimidation of the Wicked Witch. The characters see the wizard to fulfill their requests, but the wizard will only do so if they bring him the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Approach to the Inmost Cave: Although it is dangerous, they all go to the dark forest to get the Wicked Witch’s broomstick. Dorothy is temporarily captured and her new friends have to sneak into the castle of the Wicked Witch to rescue her.

The Ordeal: The Wicked Witch discovers them and chases the protagonists through the castle with her armies (at least that’s what I remember). Dorothy accidentally defeats the witch by splashing water on her, causing her to melt to death.

The Reward: Fortunately the witch’s guards don’t care that a girl has just killed their leader and hail Dorothy as a hero. She gets the witch’s broomstick as a reward.

The Road Back: Dorothy and her friends bring the broomstick back to the wizard, however things are not as they seem. The wizard is not really a wizard, but a man. He does not have magical power, however he gives the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion gifts that are adequate substitutes for their desires. He offers to take Dorothy home himself using a hot air balloon.

Resurrection: The hot air balloon leaves without Dorothy by accident and she is left stranded again. Luckily the Good Witch of the North appears and tells Dorothy she can go home just by clicking her slippers together, because she has learnt the lesson she needed to learn (or something like that…you could also see this alternate ending)

Return with the Elixir: Dorothy wakes up in her house surrounded by her family and her journey was apparently all a dream (although in the book it really happened for her).

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