The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Emily Safford, aIS honors society president seattle university
The Hero With a Thousand Faces is an in depth exploration of the common hero narrative present in mythology from all over the world throughout history. It explains that heroes, aspirational figures that we can look to when pursuing excellence in our own lives, are important to us as humans because they show us how we can grow in response to the challenges we face. This book goes over steps of the journey that causes an ordinary person to grow into a heroic figure, using examples from mythology to demonstrate the transformations that happen along the way.
Key Takeaway / How I've implemented
This book has inspired me in many areas of my life because it has helped me see how adversity is a chance for growth. When life is difficult or discouraging, I can gain motivation by thinking of how the trials I am experiencing are helping me develop strengths. This book explains that a main defining feature of heroes across cultures is that they always have a moment of death and rebirth, whether literal or metaphorical. This part of the hero’s journey reminds me that, if I am always aspiring to be the best I can be, failure is actually a great opportunity for positive transformation.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
"The mythological hero is the champion not of things become but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo."
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”