Including & Besides a Hero
LeBron’s Journey and the Monomyth
To pick through the life of LeBron James is not my intent. Rather I think the grand narrative of problem/struggle/redemption is nearly universal. People — or perhaps even him — will identify something within themselves by witnessing his prominent journey.
Over a series of post, we will look at the psychological, mythological and storytelling pieces of this Joseph Campbell’s work. As with other influential work for me, I will revisit highlighted pieces.
There’s 17 stages in Campbell’s:
- Call to Adventure: Tough upbringing in Akron, Ohio. Life without father, unstable household. Moves 8 times in 2 years. His athletic talent is immense
- Refusal of the Call: Moves in with Walkers. Wants a normal life and to fit in rather than pursue grand visions. His world just isn’t that big.
- Supernatural Aid: Finds a recycled coach who gives him even more structure, attention, care and nourishment.
- Crossing First Threshold: Wins state title his first year at SVSM, emerges as breakout star in ABCD camp and lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated as “Chosen One”.
- Belly of the Whale:
- Road of Trials:
- Meeting with the Goddess:
- Atonement with the Father:
- The Ultimate Boon:
- Refusal of the Return:
- Magic Flight:
- Rescue from Without:
- Crossing the Return Threshold:
- Master of Two Worlds:
- Freedom to Live:
Piece by piece, I want to look at how these pieces add up — and if they are the backbone — for LeBron’s portrayal in the media.