The Hero's Journey Project
In this project, we completed reading two books, and made hero’s journey posters, and wrote stories that exhibited our journeys. We read Siddhartha, which is a story about a young prince who embarks on a journey in order to reach spiritual enlightenment. This was my favorite part of the project because I connected so deeply with this reading. Then, we read The Alchemist, which is a story similar to siddhartha, where a young boy goes on an adventure in the search of treasure. He discovers alchemy and is a classic example of a hero’s journey. We learned the ideas behind the concept of the hero’s journey, and arguments against this theory. We then made posters to physically exhibit the steps of the hero’s journey. Finally, we embarked on a journey of our own, in writing and performing our stories. My story is about my travels to las vegas to try out for the voice.
I grew in this project both performance wise, and spiritually. I think that as a performer, with my gigs, being able to confidently talk to the audience is a very important skill. Especially if I go to a project based school with P.O.L.S. We learned not to fidget on stage, and how to be extremely practiced. For me, throughout this project I also learned how to read without physical annotations, but still being aware of what I am reading. This is also a very important skill for the rest of my education career. I also grew spiritually, because I’ve always identified with buddhism, and the books we read both talked a lot about those ideals. Like the universal conscious and connectivity. Overall this has been my favorite project in 2017.
The enduring understandings I took from this project will definately be vast. I learned that what makes someone a hero is the journey they go through and how/if they come out of it. I understand now that stories are the only thing to keep our memories really living on. From the alchemist, I came to understand, that even if I don’t believe everything is planned out, I do believe in the idea that everything that happens can be beneficial. From Siddhartha, I came to understand that even one of the most idolised men in history was just a regular person who struggled through a journey in order to achieve enlightenment. All of this is extremely helpful to me in the future and now.