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The Heroine’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

Our heroine has reached the end of her journey and returns transformed. This stage is about the ascension of the new mother. The heroine is changed and so the world is changed. She can now start a new life, establish a new family or community. Jane Eyre Returns with the Elixir Jane returns to Thornfield… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Return with the Elixir

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The Heroine’s Journey: Resurrection

Our heroine has taken the Road Back to the Ordinary World and must now be resurrected. This stage is about purification and the purging of the past, and it takes us to the climax which requires another death. This is where the heroine must demonstrate what she has learnt. In the heroine’s journey this stage… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Resurrection

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The Heroine’s Journey: The Road Back

Our heroine has survived the Ordeal and received her Reward. Now she must return to the ordinary world with her new knowledge or skills and face the consequences of confronting the darkness of the Ordeal. This stage marks a shift in focus and may give rise to new goals. In the heroine’s journey this stage… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: The Road Back

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The Heroine’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave

Our heroine is now enmeshed in a strange new world with different rules she doesn’t understand. She must prepare for the descent into darkness to face the ultimate test. In the heroine’s journey this stage often involves a confrontation with the dark masculine, like Bluebeard, or the powerless father. The heroine realises the father cannot… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Approach the Inmost Cave

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The Heroine’s Journey: Tests, Allies, Enemies

Our heroine has Crossed the First Threshold and entered the Special World of the story where she will be tested before confronting the ordeal to come. This part of the story brings out the heroine’s potential for change. In the heroine’s journey this stage may be marked by a rape trauma of some kind. She… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Tests, Allies, Enemies

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The Heroine’s Journey: Crossing the Threshold

The heroine has met her mentor and been nudged into changing. Now she must enter the Special World of the story and Cross the First Threshold. This is where the stakes are raised and the challenge must be faced. It is a leap of faith. In the heroine’s journey this may be experienced as a… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Crossing the Threshold

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The Heroine’s Journey: Meeting the Mentor

The heroine has refused the call to adventure through fear of change and needs a push to get her moving. She is ready to Meet the Mentor and receive help or advice for the journey ahead. In the heroine’s journey the mentor can often be seen as quite ruthless and uncompromising. Her guides may be… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Meeting the Mentor

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The Heroine’s Journey: Refusal of the Call

Our heroine has received the Call to Adventure and now must respond. At this point there is often a Refusal of the Call. The heroine is reluctant to change and scared of the unknown. In the heroine’s journey this may involve taking on the role of the spiritual orphan and the recognition of how alone… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Refusal of the Call

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The Heroine’s Journey: Call to Adventure

We’ve met our heroine in her Ordinary World and discovered she is ready for a change. Now comes the Call to Adventure. The heroine experiences a challenge to the status quo that forces her to adapt. She may recognise the desolate state of her current life and awaken to a sense of meaninglessness or emptiness.… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Call to Adventure

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The Heroine’s Journey: Ordinary World

The heroine’s journey begins in the Ordinary World of the story. This is where we discover the background and context of the protagonist’s world and get a sense of the inner conflict that needs resolution. For the heroine, her ordinary world is often one of imprisonment in a domestic environment. She is enclosed, trapped doing… Continue reading The Heroine’s Journey: Ordinary World