A heroine’s journey focuses on a search to affirm and embody wholeness. Wholeness necessarily integrates both sides of any binary, such as the masculine and feminine, success and failure, perfection and imperfection, happiness and despair, etc. The heroine’s journey emphasizes inclusiveness and persistence over time rather than a single destination.
By clicking on the menu bar or below, you can find explanations of Maureen Murdock’s heroine’s journey arc and Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s heroine’s journey arc.
For additional explanations of heroine’s journey views on success and failure, see our post on Willa Cather’s “Coming Aphrodite.” For a heroine’s journey perspective on fame and fortune, see our post on Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. For an example of multiple heroine’s journeys within a single story, see our post on Barbara Leckie’s “Kicking the Stone.” For an example of a heroine’s journey arc within a social movement, see our post on Pam Swing and Elizabeth Dabanka’s “I Want to Go to Jail.”