In recent weeks, we’ve been reading some mythology, including Robert Nye’s Beowulf: A New Telling. Our discussion of the book led to discussion of stories in general and the common elements we find in so many of them. Beyond the basics of plot and setting, character and conflict, climax and resolution, we often discover the hero’s journey, a narrative pattern found both in mythology and our modern stories and made famous through the work of scholar Joseph Campbell.
We had some fun thinking about our own lives in terms of the pattern: a call to adventure in an unknown world, challenges faced the help of mentors and opposition from enemies, an abyss of darkness to be passed through before we could emerge with greater understanding of ourselves and our abilities, and the rewards gained from our experience.
- Bubby tells about his quest for a black belt in Taekwondo
- Ben shares the struggle of a loyal Cowboys fan
- Jawad tackles the study of Arabic
- Clarissa was brave enough to learn how to make crepes
- Ava describes her journey into Pokemon Go
- Albert writes about his journey into classical music
- Duncan and Natalie worked to become better basketball players
- Josie experienced the happiness and heartache of having a pet
- Nina takes us along on her swim meet adventure!