Stages of a Hero’s Journey
Stage 1: Departure : The hero is called to adventure, although she is reluctant to accept.
Stage 2: Initiation : The hero crosses a threshold into a new, more dangerous world, gaining a more mature perspective.
Stage 3: The Road of Trials : The hero is given supernatural aid, endures tests of strength,resourcefulness, and endurance.
Stage 4: The Innermost Cave : The hero descends into the innermost cave, an underworld, or some other place of great trial. Sometimes this place can be within the hero’s own mind. Because of this trial, the hero is reborn in some way—physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Through this experience, the hero changes internally.
Stage 5: Return and Reintegration with Society : The hero uses her new wisdom to restore fertility and order to the land