This month was crazy. I took a Mythology class, and I learned that Mythology is SO much more than just stories about Gods and Goddesses.
But the biggest surprise for me was coming out of it feeling like I had taken a writer's class on storytelling. Because, let's face it, that's what myth is: Storytelling.
We were assigned a critical analysis essay on theories that had been presented in the text. I chose to write my essay using Joseph Campbell's Theory of the Hero's Journey and Carl Jung's Theory of Archetypes and their grounding in our unconscious mind.
So, I probably sound smarter than I really am, but I really feel like I came away from this class with more knowledge and understanding of characters than I had before. This class not only gets me one class closer to gaining a BA in English, but will help me become a better writer.
For those writers out there, I would highly recommend looking up these men and their theories on the Hero's Quest and mythical archetypes. It will help you alot. It did for me.
BTW, I wrote my analysis essay on Simba's Journey in The Lion King. If you haven’t watched this movie in awhile, I suggest you do and try NOT to analyze the Hero’s Journey. It’s like watching a writer’s course that even your kids can enjoy. :)
It has several archetypal characters that help our Hero along his journey:
King Mufasa / Queen Sarabi – Father / Mother archetype
Uncle Scar - Villian archetype
Nala – Love Goddess archetype
Timon & Pumbaa – Trickster archetype
Raffiki – Wise Old Sage archetype
Just food for thought. Disney movies are great for breaking down characters and storyboarding.