Stephan, Thanks for your reply! I’ve been away for too long, but the explanation is very helpful. I still do not think the the Last Wish includes a Hero’s Journey due to the structure of the book as a series of short stories.
As one of the younger people on this forum (if i had to guess) I’ve personally been struggling with the necessity of social distancing. I am just starting out in my career and due to the virus I have been removed from my training center and will continue not be able to return till the end of June at the earliest. While it is nice to have time at home to read and work on projects, I am having trouble with a feeling of loss of direction. Without my regular schedule I find myself slipping into sloth and lacking motivation to study or continue on with projects that aren’t purely for my enjoyment. I am sure that things will continue to improve and I’m happy to distance myself from others to protect their health but this has been a definite struggle at this stage in my life.
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