Study Guide

The Hero with a Thousand Faces Characters

By Joseph Campbell

The Hero

Campbell doesn't mess around with specific characters. Why should he, when he's dealing with...

The Herald

Think of the hero as the Paul Revere of characters. He may not be the one making the world's...

The Mentor

The mentor is…well, pretty much the best. Sure, they might not be young n' fit (otherwise...

The Guardian of the First Threshold

Think of the Guardian of the First Threshold kind of like the TSA: once the time comes for the...

The Queen of the World

This is the queen mother, who exists at the center of the universe.And yet, somehow, we're not...

The Father

If the Hero is Baby Bear (just right), and the Queen of the World is Mama Bear (too cold), then...