In this this, I will explain and explore Joseph Campbell’s hero myth and how the conclusions he reaches are a symptom of patriarchal society. I will then compare Campbell’s hero myth to more female-oriented interpretations while positing my own conclusions. I will speak to what the alchemical female is and how it differs from a classic male hero. I will be looking at Joseph Campbell’s works for the basic structure of the hero myth and the works of Valerie Frankel, Katherine Pope and Carol Pearson for feminist interpretations of Campbell’s structure. I will reference Sir James George Frazer, and Israel Regardie to help define the alchemical female. I will then propose a simplified hero myth structure that is specific to my own conclusions of what a heroic alchemical female is.
Afterwards, I will note how my proposed hero myth for the alchemical female is appropriate and relates to the character and seven paintings that I will make for my thesis. These paintings feature Temi, my avatar of the alchemical lunar/earth goddess Artemis as she undergoes her own adventure cycle. Each painting depicts a key moment and stage in Temi’s heroic development and eventual return to daily life. Her story follows my proposed hero myth and shows how it can be played out using symbolic imagery and language.