Sailor Moon: The Hero's Journey Cycle

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Sailor Moon: The Hero's Journey Cycle

Post by supersailorearth » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:31 pm

In Literature class we have been talking about this recurring theme in literature by Joseph Campbell called The Hero's Journey. I am terrible at it, but since I understand Sailor Moon I wanted to see if someone can help me make a connection with it. My teacher said not every step has to be fulfilled and that the harry potter books can fulfill it book by book or the entire series at one time, so i guess we could go season by season or the entire series (anime or manga). I just need help :D .[/url] also it is also called the MONOMYTH

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Post by Gamer8585 » Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:45 pm

As I understand it the Hero's Journey is a classic and well loved formula for many types of adventure stories. From the link provided lets go step by step and see how this applies to Sailor Moon:

# Departure

1. The Call to Adventure
The call to adventure is the point in a person's life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not.

Usagi meets Luna who informs her she is Sailor Moon.

2. Refusal of the Call
Often when the call is given, the future hero refuses to heed it. This may be from a sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, or any of a range of reasons that work to hold the person in his or her current circumstances.

Usagi is in disbelief and scarred of her new powers and destiny.

3. Supernatural Aid
Once the hero has committed to the quest, consciously or unconsciously, his or her guide and magical helper appears, or becomes known.

After Usagi starts fighting Morga Tuxedo Kamen comes to her rescue.

4. The Crossing of the First Threshold
This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of his or her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.

Usagi accepts her roll as Sailor Moon.

5. The Belly of the Whale
The belly of the whale represents the final separation from the hero's known world and self. It is sometimes described as the person's lowest point, but it is actually the point when the person is between or transitioning between worlds and selves. The separation has been made, or is being made, or being fully recognized between the old world and old self and the potential for a new world/self. The experiences that will shape the new world and self will begin shortly, or may be beginning with this experience which is often symbolized by something dark, unknown and frightening. By entering this stage, the person shows their willingness to undergo a metamorphosis, to die to him or herself.

Several parts can apply here: The fight against Jadeite, the desire to just return to being a normal girl after the loss of Mamoru, or the battle at Point D. Although there maybe others, kinda subjective here.

# Inititation

1. The Road of Trials
The road of trials is a series of tests, tasks, or ordeals that the person must undergo to begin the transformation. Often the person fails one or more of these tests, which often occur in threes.

Hmmmmm tough, I would say they are: Finding the other Senshi, Securing the Silver Crystal, and learning the truth about the past.

2. The Meeting with the Goddess
The meeting with the goddess represents the point in the adventure when the person experiences a love that has the power and significance of the all-powerful, all encompassing, unconditional love that a fortunate infant may experience with his or her mother. It is also known as the "hieros gamos", or sacred marriage, the union of opposites, and may take place entirely within the person. In other words, the person begins to see him or herself in a non-dualistic way. This is a very important step in the process and is often represented by the person finding the other person that he or she loves most completely. Although Campbell symbolizes this step as a meeting with a goddess, unconditional love and /or self unification does not have to be represented by a woman.

Usagi accepts the knowledge of her past as Princess Serenity, and her present as Sailor Moon.

3. Woman as the Temptress
At one level, this step is about those temptations that may lead the hero to abandon or stray from his or her quest, which as with the Meeting with the Goddess does not necessarily have to be represented by a woman. For Campbell, however, this step is about the revulsion that the usually male hero may feel about his own fleshy/earthy nature, and the subsequent attachment or projection of that revulsion to women. Woman is a metaphor for the physical or material temptations of life, since the hero-knight was often tempted by lust from his spiritual journey.

All the dangers to herself and her family, and the desire to be with Mamoru (even as evil prince Endymion), constantly tempted Usagi to give up her fight against the Dark Kingdom.

4. Atonement with the Father
In this step the person must confront and be initiated by whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories this is the father, or a father figure who has life and death power. This is the center point of the journey. All the previous steps have been moving in to this place, all that follow will move out from it. Although this step is most frequently symbolized by an encounter with a male entity, it does not have to be a male; just someone or thing with incredible power. For the transformation to take place, the person as he or she has been must be "killed" so that the new self can come into being. Sometime this killing is literal, and the earthly journey for that character is either over or moves into a different realm.

Confronting Evil Prince Endymion at Point D in the North Pole. She turns him good again, but he dies protecting her.

5. Apotheosis
To apotheosize is to deify. When someone dies a physical death, or dies to the self to live in spirit, he or she moves beyond the pairs of opposites to a state of divine knowledge, love, compassion and bliss. This is a god-like state; the person is in heaven and beyond all strife. A more mundane way of looking at this step is that it is a period of rest, peace and fulfillment before the hero begins the return.

After all of her friends and Mamoru die at the hands of the Dark Kingdom, Usagi has nothing left to loose. She desiers nothing else then the fulfillment of her destiny and is willing to use the omnipotent power of the Ginzuishou to see the end of Queen Beryl, Queen Metallia, and the Dark Kingdom.

6. The Ultimate Boon
The ultimate boon is the achievement of the goal of the quest. It is what the person went on the journey to get. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step, since in many myths the boon is something transcendent like the elixir of life itself, or a plant that supplies immortality, or the holy grail.

The Dark Kingdom is destroyed.

# Return

1. Refusal of the Return
So why, when all has been achieved, the ambrosia has been drunk, and we have conversed with the gods, why come back to normal life with all its cares and woes?

Usagi has everyone's memories wiped (except the kitties) and their lives restored so this question doesn't need to be asked.

2. The Magic Flight
Sometimes the hero must escape with the boon, if it is something that the gods have been jealously guarding. It can be just as adventurous and dangerous returning from the journey as it was to go on it.

Usgai and the Senshi are magically returned to their previous lives.

3. Rescue from Without
Just as the hero may need guides and assistants to set out on the quest, often times he or she must have powerful guides and rescuers to bring them back to everyday life, especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience. Or perhaps the person doesn't realize that it is time to return, that they can return, or that others need their boon.

Her friends, family, and Mamoru quickly reestablish her everyday normal life. Although since her memory was wiped this isn't really applicable.

4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world. This is usually extremely difficult.

Usagi doesn't retain the memories, but Luna dose. Luna returns them to Usagi at the beginning of the Alien Arc of R.

5. Master of the Two Worlds
In myth, this step is usually represented by a transcendental hero like Jesus or Buddha. For a human hero, it may mean achieving a balance between the material and spiritual. The person has become comfortable and competent in both the inner and outer worlds.

This step is truly seen when Usagi becomes Neo Queen Serenity. She has become master of herself as Usagi and herself as the more mystical Princess Serenity. All the wisdom and power of Serenity, but the poor writing and attitude as Usagi.

6. Freedom to Live
Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, which in turn is the freedom to live. This is sometimes referred to as living in the moment, neither anticipating the future nor regretting the past.

Neo Queen Serenity just kind of is...the story goes no further to see where she has a death (or even if she can die). She doesn't seem to regret anything she has done, no is she worried about anything the future holds.

All of this is subjective and I'm sure that other people can offer better interpretations.
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Post by the*blue*girl » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:46 pm

The Hero's Journey?

Sorry, I had to. It's been beaten into me so hard, I could probabaly recite it in my sleep. Yay honors english X_o

''Frustration is the byproduct of success.''- said by our instructor Jason in an attempt to motivate us

You`ll say, Don`t fear your dreams, it`s easier than it seems
You`ll say you`d never let me fall from hopes so high
But never is a promise and you can`t afford to lie

- Fiona Apple, Never is a Promise

Jason: Stop talking, put your clothes on, and go home.
Us:(in a perfect chorus) .... THAT''S WHAT HE SAID!
Jason: ...-_- I quit.