Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers, The Hero’s Journey

Myth Critics look at culture, history, and psychology much the same as we are invited to as readers of science fiction.  In this   excerpt from groundbreaking 1987 video/book series The Power of Myth, Campbell defines the typical pattern for protagonists in all times/places.  The usefulness of the approach is that it can be applied to any genre and hero/heroine!  It is also challenging in that it does not prioritize any one culture–or religion–over others.         Other clips are available on Moyers’s website.

Monomyth from The Hero With A Thousand Faces