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Acceptance of the Call

 

Disciplines > Storytelling > Campbell's 'Hero's Journey' > Acceptance of the Call

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Description

After having perhaps first refused to accept the The Call to Adventure the hero finally accedes, realizing that there is nobody else who is better qualified to or available to accept responsibility.

This acceptance may come after reflection and persuasion following the Refusal of the Call, or the hero may be convinced by a mentor who provides Supernatural Aid.

Example

Sherlock Holmes finds something intriguing about the request for his services whereby he knows that only he can solve this mystery.

In Star Wars, Luke returns to find the family farm destroyed the the Empire and so now has no reason to stay.

In Lord of the Rings, Frodo sets out as the
Dark Riders start searching the Shire for him.

Discussion

Acceptance of a call to take actions that may result in danger is the first step on the road to becoming a true hero. The story hero may not feel this way or realize the importance of this step, and may step out with some dread. Nevertheless, they are fighting their own fears and

In this first heroic step the audience, now bonded with the hero, gasps at the risks and yet feels some pride at the courage it requires. A sense of anticipation is created, something like when a roller-coaster ride just starts moving from its initial position of rest.

There may be a similarity here with the Kübler-Ross grief cycle, where, after the early shock and bargaining of the Refusal of the Call, this is followed by testing and .acceptance of the new adventuring role.

See also

Violation of interdiction, Counteraction: Hero chooses positive action

 

Campbell, J. (1949). The Hero With a Thousand Faces, New York: Bollingen

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