In stage two, the hero goes into their journey portion of the quest in which transformation of the individual occurs. Within this stage, the Road of Trials are commenced. It is a “series of trials and tribulation the hero goes through in order to develop the necessary skills and traits it takes to become the hero” as according to the Discovering the Monomyth powerpoint presentation by Marc Bray. Huckleberry Finn underwent a series of 4 trials in which he gained the traits and skills to become the hero. One of the trials he underwent was when he got separated from Jim and the raft.
Gandalf, a wizard forces Bilbo on an adventure to regain treasure with thirteen dwarves. The company faces many challenges while Gandalf aids them. Eventually, Bilbo becomes forced to take charge and lead the company to the mountain. The experiences Bilbo encounters throughout his journey define and shape him into the hero he becomes. The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo by mirroring the heroic journey, showing Bilbo’s dramatic change from the Hobbit he once was.
The hero’s journey is a set of ideas created by American writer Joseph Campbell that has presented itself in many myths, films, and in literature. The hero’s journey describes the adventure of a hero or archetype.The hero accomplishes an abundance of great deeds and is later rewarded. Campbell’s theory is ten steps with three major categories, The Departure, The Initiation, and The Return. Even more recently works have been created loosely based on Campbell's Journey. Forest Gump, written by Winston Groom, is a heyday example of a hero's journey.
The hero’s journey is demonstrated through the struggles both heros experience leaving their homes and finding their way back, having a new status quo. Throughout their hero 's’ journey, both Odysseus and T’Challa strive to fulfill their duties as both heroes and leaders, overcoming obstacles no matter how difficult. Although the voyage to the land of the dead for Odysseus and T’Challa occur in different scenes of the hero 's journey, they compare in a sense of having the intent to rise a soul from the dead for guidance. Essentially, Odysseus makes his way to the land of the dead to resurrect a blind prophet, Tiresias, to receive guidance on his adventure home. In order to bring Tiresias back to life, Odysseus would have to perform a ritual and sacrifice a sheep.
Is Beowulf a Hero? The poem Beowulf, tells of great the great undertakings of Beowulf, a man who has defeated many ruthless monsters and seeks fame and glory. If we take Beowulf and compare him to the Anglo-Saxon ideal hero, Beowulf fills all the necessary requirements but, when compared to modern day standards, Beowulf doesn’t quite make the cut. In the modern day, selflessness is the ideal. It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero.
During the Anglo-Saxon period an epic poem, Beowulf, was published; since then many have given him the title “an epic hero.” Throughout Ancient times, the ideal hero is thought to have exceptional quality and character. Beowulf was blessed with the gift of superhuman, meaning he possessed great superhuman strength. But Beowulf goes beyond the expectations of any normal hero: Spiderman, Superman, and Hulk. An epic hero is one who puts society before his own life and will battle till fate decides who wins. A hero’s purpose is to sacrifice his life while trying to aid others.
A hero has always been a staple in Greek and modern myths. Whether he or she has special superpowers or uses their own cleverness, they’re someone the ordinary man can look up to and admire. According to Joseph Campbell’s “Heroes Journey” model, Indiana Jones is a hero. The “Heroes Journey” model is an outline that can be used for all major hero stories and adventures that allows the reader to track the hero’s journey and growth through the story. Campbell divides the Heroes Journey into three different phases; Departure, Initiation, and Return.
Percy Jackson’s experiences do align with the hero’s journey. First, his experiences align with the hero’s journey because he’s, so far, following all the steps in the hero’s journey. He follows all the steps because first he starts off in an ordinary world, which is the first step, then things start to turn supernatural and adventure is basically calling him. So, he goes to do what he needs to do even if he’s very confused, just like in the hero’s journey. Next, Percy, first lives in an ordinary world but then goes into a different world/place that he’s never been to before.
He was born into royalty, he is a subject of a prophecy, his parents are long gone, and he is going on a quest, and since the hobbit is set in a world where there’s magic, we assume Thorin is the hero. As for Bilbo, we do expect him to be a hero because he is the protagonist. So, it’s inevitable that we’re comparing Bilbo to Thorin. By comparing them, we can clearly see how Bilbo is slowly becoming braver and gaining confidence(parallel structure). The changes are also part of the 17 stages and it attracts more attention to Bilbo and to the book itself.
“Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.” Written by Margaret Atwood a writer (BQ). The epic poem The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus has been fighting in the Trojan war for ten years and runs into many Gods, Goddesses and some monsters who may help him, or endanger him. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest, has superhuman intelligence, and performs brave deeds.
Beowulf The heroism of Beowulf was exemplified in two separate phases: (i) youth; and (ii) age. It was also illustrated on three separate conflicts with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon (SparkNotes). It was through these encounters that Beowulf has been molded into a hero. His years of being youth depicted his character of being an unfettered warrior and his mature years, on the other hand, portrayed that he is a reliable king (SparkNotes). These two phases in his life showed two different virtues which has been reflected as the story progresses and how Beowulf changed from a young man to a mature man full of vigor.