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Reply To: The Hero’s Journey in Contemporary Literature/Fantasy


One of my biggest problems with the monomyth as Campbell presented it is the gender roles assigned. I enjoy stories with Heros both male and female, and I like the temptress (or temptation) they experience to be more metaphorical then physical. A Temptress that is just a physical experience is much less interesting to me then a metaphorical temptress like the obsession with the Mirror or Erised that we see in the first Harry Potter.

I’m curious if there are myths that break from the stereotypical gender roles or if we only find that in more modern works