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188 stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth)

The Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (all available at are based on this 188+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].



a) Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Gives you a universal structural template upon which you can superimpose your situational story. This is why stories such as Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000), Midnight Cowboy (1969), American Beauty (1999), The Graduate (1967) and many others (all deconstructed at the URL below) appear to be different but are all constructed, almost sequence by sequence, in the same way.

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Every Hero goes on a Journey, the purpose of which is to induce a Transformation. It is the undergoing of the Journey that gives the Hero the capacity to conquer challenges that were previously unconquerable. The Transformation is both psychological and physical. You must pull your Hero through the Journey and incrementally manage both forms of Transformation.

The Psychological Transformation manifests itself in a change of behaviour, attitudes and beliefs. The Hero behaves one way at the beginning of the movie and another way at the end of the movie. In the beginning of Thelma and Louise (1991), Louise is in charge. At the end of the movie, Thelma is in charge.

The Physical Transformation is most often expressed by (literal or symbolic, for example the colour red) physical damage that, as it repairs, represents the Hero's Transmogrification. The Hero has one physical form at the beginning of the movie and another at the end of the movie. In The Godfather (1972), Capt. McCluskey punches Michael in the face. The physical healing mirrors Michael's psychological Transformation. Later, it is made explicit that Michael looks different (better), hardly recognisable from his Old Self.


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