chapter  6
15 Pages

The Domestic Champion in The Wind Waker

WithMichael David Elam

The Wind Waker’s seascape looms as the most unique navigable territory in The Legend of Zelda series. In its domestic context, Link’s journey also iterates the monomyth, the hero’s quest described by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell’s paradigm, however, does not account for the primarily physical value of the hero’s success, discussed near the end of this essay. In fact, when one examines details of Wind Waker’s quest in light of Campbell’s paradigm, preservation of the family unit, the basic creative force for society, rises as one of the most important elements of the hero’s goal. The importance of Hyrule needing to be a generative, domestic society entails establishing, protecting, and maintaining domesticity which characterize other mythic heroes’ sea-faring journeys.