Discovering a heroine’s journeyComments

While thinking about Pitch Perfect I thought it might be fun to examine it in the context of “The Hero’s Journey” popularised by Joseph Campbell.

The idea is that stories can be linked back to stages in a “monomyth” – a single arc that describes events in just about all tales. Campbell identified 17 distinct stages but it is generally accepted that not all stories will feature all 17 whilst still following the general outline.

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Discovering a heroine’s journey

A story is only as long as its telling.

Stories are told and then they are done. Some are longer, some are shorter but they are all stories: self contained, self sufficient. Complete.

I like that idea.

It’s ironic as I often feel that my thoughts are left unfinished, that they have an unsatisfactory conclusion but, in their own way, this is how those stories were supposed to be told at that time – that was all there was.

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A story is only as long as its telling.

Our stories

Stories

“Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.”
― Laurie Anderson

As human beings we are students of story. We are enthralled by them just as we are enthralled by the flames of a campfire, fascinated by their twists and turns and always want to know how they end. We feel cheated if we can’t get that closure.

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Our stories