The Hero’s Journey, or monomyth, is a template for story telling that was discovered by Joseph Campbell. Campbell discusses the Hero’s Journey in his book entitled The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
In a typical monomyth, the hero goes through seventeen stages which fall into three main acts. The three acts are: Departure, Initiation, and Return.
George Lucas’ Star Wars is a great modern example of the Hero’s Journey. In that story the hero Luke is called to depart his home planet for an adventure. At first he resists Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi’s invitation, but eventually decides to leave home when his only known relatives are killed by the Empire.
Next, Luke begins his Jedi training and is initiated when he meets his enemy, Darth Vader, in lightsaber combat. Luke loses his initial fight against Vader and his friends are scattered by the Empire, but he does not give up.
In the last movie, Return of the Jedi, Luke completes his Jedi training, gathers his friends to defeat the Empire, and redeems his father, Darth Vader. Luke returns to his friends, returns the Force to a state of balance, and returns the galaxy to a state of peace.
Below are some sources you can read and listen to to learn more about the Hero’s Journey. Enjoy.