The Hero with a Thousand Faces Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the content of "The Monomyth" - what does this section talk about and what does the reader learn?

"The Monomyth" is a section that deals with the theories of the author about the importance and/or presence of myth in human culture, society, and human experience.

2. What are the "inexhaustible energies" to which Campbell refers?

The inexhaustible energies are in fact the energies of the sub-conscious, as defined by psycho-analysts like Freud and Jung.

3. What are archetypes?

Campbell suggest that archetypes are experiences, beliefs, or ideas that differ in specifics from individual to individual and culture to culture, but which in their broadest outlines manifest basic human truths.

4. What example does Campbell use to show the fact that dreams of contemporary individuals seem to play out stories from classical myths?

The main example Campbell uses is the man who dreamed of killing his father and taking care of his mother. Campbell suggests this is a variation on the Oedipus myth.

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