Lesson 1: The Hero’s Journey & Fairy Tales

Learning Objective:

To understand the basic structure, and the psychological and cultural functions of fairy-stories; and to think critically and imaginatively toward your own understanding of the purpose of all stories, whether in the forms of movies, television shows, or fishing tales told by your grandfather.


1. Read: The Hero’s Journey Defined

2. Read: Selection from Grimm’s Fairy Tales

3. Read: Selections from Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment

Lecture Notes:

The video below illustrates the The Hero’s Journey formula at work in The Matrix.

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