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Heroes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0657  Tuesday, 18 November 2008

From:        Elliott Stone <
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Date:        Friday, 14 Nov 2008 18:05:17 -0500
Subject: 19.0647 Heroes
Comment:     Re: SHK 19.0647 Heroes

I do not believe that Horatio passes any of the universal adventure or 
transformative tests that Joseph Campbell sets forth for the hero in his 
monumental book "The Hero With A Thousand Faces". Hamlet, however, does make 3 
appearances in Campbell's book. The play starts right off with the first stage 
of the mythological journey "the call to adventure" and continues on to meet all 
of the "adventures of the hero".

The Prince is a hero right up there with Aeneas, Prometheus, and Jason!

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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