The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Part 1: Chapter 3, Sections 4, 5 and 6 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1: Chapter 3, Sections 4, 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis

"The Crossing of the Return Threshold" Campbell begins this section by posing the question of why the Hero, having achieved his goal (enlightenment, wisdom, etc.) would want to return to a world where his learning, and what he has to teach, will probably be rejected, and offers a simple answer - it's necessary. Human beings are, and have been throughout time, so caught up in their day-to-day lives and feelings and pettiness that they need to be constantly reminded of that which transcends it all. The Hero's problem, Campbell maintains, is two-fold, presenting what he's learned in such a way as to appeal to those who don't want to hear his message, and holding on to what he's learned. The true hero, Campbell maintains, acknowledges the necessity of doing so and strives to accomplish that...

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