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What Makes a Hero?


What makes a hero? How does the audience become engaged with your protagonist? Are we empathetic with her? What are the commonalities among protagonists in films and literature? Mathew Winkler has created a TED-Ed original animated lesson on this subject using Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth from “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. Campbell summarized the monomyth in his book:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

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