Return

Returning from the World of Death to the World of Life is a shock for which the hero often feels unready. Campbell notes:

All these different mythologies give us the same essential quest. You leave the world that youíre in and go into a depth or into a distance or up to a height. There you come to what was missing in your consciousness in the world you formerly inhabited. Then comes the problem either of staying with that, and letting the world drop off, or returning with that boon and trying to hold onto it as you move back into your social world again. Thatís not an easy thing to do.

Often the hero or heroine must flee the Shadow, which tempts the hero to remain there, keep growing in power until he turns to evil. However, the hero has wisdom to impart, a kingdom needing salvation, family waiting by the threshold. Through trickery, through the object flight, through a final battle he flees and returns to the World of Life.
 

Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth, ed. Betty Sue Flowers (New York: Doubleday, 1988), 129.