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Jennifer’s transition from the orphanage-world to the airship-world (basically the transition from the first chapter of the Rule of Rose game to the second chapter) touches on several of the elements of the heroic monomyth described by Joseph Campbell in his book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” (1949).

There is an element of the heroic monomyth, associated with the themes of initiation and death, called the”crossing of the threshold”. This crossing of the threshold is an entry into what is figuratively called “the belly of the whale” (this imagery originally drawn by Joseph Campbell from the biblical story of Jonah and the whale).

In the Rule of Rose game, we see an almost literal depiction of the airship-world as the “belly of a whale” when we see, in the pre-game video, the gigantic koi (an alternate image of the airship as a humongous fish) swimming in the sky toward the orphanage. Is this coincidentally, or deliberately, like the imagery used by Joseph Campbell?

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I think that we may be able to gain a greater understanding of the plot structure of the Rule of Rose game by considering it in the light of the ideas on mythic structure found in Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).

In that book, Campbell proposed that there is a common underlying structure, a monomyth, that can be found in a great many of the world’s important hero myths.

According to the Wikipedia article, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, “Campbell’s theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists.” George Lucas said that Campbell’s ideas were part of the inspiration for the Star Wars movie plot, and there is a book, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, by Christopher Vogler, which suggests that writers should consider utilizing Campbell’s theory, on the archetypal structure of the mythic hero’s quest, in designing the plots of their stories. Could it be that the author(s) of Rule of Rose have, in fact, utilized Campbell’s ideas in structuring the plot of Rule of Rose?

The Heroic Monomyth begins with a call to action, the assignment of a quest, often given to the Hero by another character. In the case of Rule of Rose, the character that gives Jennifer her quest is Wendy-disguised-as-Joshua.

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