A Hero’s Journey Layout

Ther hero’s journey plot diagram is a very commonly used method in many modern-day movies of every genre. Most commonly though you will find this method best demonstrated in action or adventure movies. Though it is quite clear in these types of movies it is used all through the movie-making industry. It may not seem like it at first but upon closer inspection, you can begin to see the trace of it among most movies. One movie that particularly jumped out at me with this layout would be the famously known Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

The Percy Jackson series is a prime example of a hero’s journey’s story.  This begs the question of why? Well, it is not just the stories’ use of action and adventure that meets the criteria of the genre, but its plot layout is also manufactured perfect unison with that of the hero’s journey template.

When looking at the plot we can see the hero’s journey within every aspect of the story. From the call to adventure, (When he gets attacked at school by Miss.Dodds) to the approach, (When Percy, Annabelle, and Grover approach Hades in the underworld). These are just a few of the many examples throughout the story that make it such a good example of a hero journey.

So now that we’ve taken a look at an example of a hero journey template it begs the question… why is it such a popular method? Personally, I believe this plot is so popular because of our natural need for adventure, but with stability and somewhat knowing what’s going to happen next. I think that when we are viewing a movie or reading a book we like to know what type of action is going to happen next, but still having that mystery of not knowing what this action may be. I don’t know if this is just a general assumption, but I do believe are constant use for this template is kind of our human need for adventure with some stability.

Overall this hero’s journey template is widely used and is quite effective. When you really begin to look at your favorite movies or books you can see how they all use this generic template. I don’t know if this makes our favorite stories lose their luster and makes them predictable, but you cannot discredit its ability to stand the tests of time. So I leave you with a proposition, next time you are watching a movie or reading a book try and follow the template and see if you can guess what will happen next.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email