The Heroes Journey

So the most interesting stories all follow a very similar formula the famous heroes journey formula so we shall take a look at the popular title of Fallout 4 and see how it fits the same sort of formula using a line graph.


How the heroes journey works is with a build up in tension and a conflict which results in some kind of resolution to the story itself.

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development.  It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.(There, 1985)


So in the beginning things start out quite calm and controlled as you are greeted by a friendly Vault-Tec rep but things quickly go south as a TV announcement goes off, next minute the bombs drop and you are left running for shelter.

Once in the safety of the vault you are frozen cryogenic style only to awaken many years in the future to your wife being killed and your son taken this is where the lose occurs for the hero and is therefore his motive for the journey ahead.

He joins forces with the minutemen and reconstructs his old neighbourhood before venturing off to diamond city in hopes of tracking down the man that took so much from him, this is where he meet Nick the first synth you run into. Nick helps you find information on the location of where the man who took Shaun could be and you discover his name is Kellogg and you begin your pursuit to find him and find Shaun.

Upon finally meeting Kellogg you learn that he works with the institute and the synths and that Shaun was needed for their plan to be effective, of course after killing Kellogg much too Nicks disgust the hero is then left with yet a further journey to find the institute.


“There (1985) Hero’s journey. Available at:’s_journey.htm (Accessed: 11 December 2016).

Citations, Quotes & Annotations

“There (1985) Hero’s journey. Available at:’s_journey.htm (Accessed: 11 December 2016).
(“There, 1985)




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