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Objective 2

The student will demonstrate an understanding of Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth.

Hero Paper: a paper describing how the hero Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has the same characteristics of those hero’s described by Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth


“Although he knows that it isn’t there, what carries him through until he finds a new one is the idea that there may be something for him,” (My Hero Paper on the Monomyth). This quote from my “Hero Paper” describes my approach to a problem in life. I may not see the solution in front of me, I keep pursuing the idea until something can come of it.

My approach to my Hero Paper assignment didn’t differ from this general method. I started out by thinking how much I could think of before I had to write the paper in class.

The day before I would write the essay, I decided I would make a very diligent outline to be prepared. Of course, I ran out of time in the multitude of homework I had that night and only had time for an average outline. Because of the things I thought I might be missing, I shook from nerves before the essay.

My nerves overpowered me to the point where I couldn’t think on how to start my introduction. I had the idea that saved me right then.Don't Panic

I decided to write my first body paragraph first. It could formulate my ideas around evidence easily then. Once I finished the first body paragraph, I relaxed knowing that I had already written a third of the essay.

The hardest part, just as with most other essays, has been the introduction. It has always been hard for me to transition into deep thought in an essay (it took me a while to figure out how to start this reflection). I don’t think I managed the introduction very well in this essay, and I feel like improved later on.

I also find that the easiest part, hence my idea to fix my nerves, to be the examples. I have found  a pattern when I write essays; I get stuck on the beginning and fly through the straightforward ideas from the source.

Although, as in other essays, I did not reach the objective, this essay really motivated me to think outside the box and help me be prepared for the bigger essay that were to come.

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