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In part, this is an aesthetic objection to formulaic plots from writers who are intepreting Campbell literally in an attempt to quantify and concretize their narrative — arriving at a something that is violent is unavoidable when forcing your way through all 12 stages of the Hero’s Journey. On a deeper level, though, my objection is rooted in the fundamentally violent nature of western narrative structure and the manner in which that shapes how we interpret and interact with the world. 3/4

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