The Hero’s Journey- Crossing the Threshold

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Intellectual Credit Joseph Campbell

Last time in our discussion of the Hero’s Journey we looked at The Helper.

Today we will examine the danger of Crossing the Threshold.

The Threshold

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Credit: 20th Century Fox

The point of no return.

Once this line is crossed the hero has only two options: Succeed or Die. The danger gets exponentially higher making option two seem more likely and option one less attainable. But make no mistake, there is a clear distinction now for the hero. His/Her eyes have finally opened, and he/she is not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

A good example of this is seen in The Matrix.

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Credit: Vintage Roadshow Pictures

Neo gets unceremoniuosly pulled from his day job into a trail of mystery leading him to his infamous meeting with Morpheus. Here, he is offered a choice: red or blue. Blue lets him go back to his boring office job (World of Commn Day) while red leads to truth and the “real world”. (or is it just real world?)

Obviously, we know what he chooses. (Or do we? Seriously, it can get too confusing if you really think about it.)

Anyway, the point is that he made the choice and, therefore, Crossed the Threshold.

Now, don’t expect the hero to leave this world easily. Standing between the threshold and the hero most often is a Threshold Guardian.

The Threshold Guardian

This character’s job is simple- keep the hero from crossing the threshold by killing him/her. And usually, this villain is an expendable, one-time use bad guy.

For example, look no further than Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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As Percy tries to make it to Camp Half-Blood, he is pursued by a Minotaur who wants nothing more than to kill him.

He is forced to battle his way past this mythological creature before he can gain entrance into his world of adventure. Lucky for him, and us, he wins. Otherwise there would be no story.

And once this line has been crossed we celebrate our hero for the accomplishment, but fear for the worst as we know that the danger only grows from here.

We will discuss that growing danger next time when we study The Road of Trials!

Until then,
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For Amazon

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Unfortunately for the Paperbacks, I cannot offer the book free for the first week as I originally intended. I tried, and Amazon sent their band of trolls after me.

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Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

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The Awakening, the first book in the The Stones of Revenge Series is now available!

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For Amazon

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Expires: July 22,2013

Unfortunately for the Paperbacks, I cannot offer the book free for the first week as I originally intended. I tried, and Amazon sent their band of trolls after me.

What I can do, however, is provide a coupon code for a whopping 42% off. That’s right, baby! 42% off!

All you have to do is email me at mastersarge7@gmail.com, say, “Please sir, I want some code,” in an orphan’s British accent, and it is all yours!

Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

You can just ask for the code.

This just in, I have decided to forgo the email requirement for the coupon code! I’m just going to give it you, (See how nice I am?) but you have to use it by the 22!

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Okay, kidding. You don’t have to use the British accent.

And you don’t have to say that.

You can just ask for the code.

This just in, I have decided to forgo the email requirement for the coupon code! I’m just going to give it you, (See how nice I am?) but you have to use it by the 22!

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