Rick Riordan 's novel, The Lightning Thief, can be effectively interpreted through Joseph Campbell 's Hero Cycle analytical tool. In utilizing this tool, the theme of Percy 's evolving leadership capabilities is brought to attention. In the preliminary events of the novel, Percy is clearly uncomfortable and uncertain of his newfound leadership position. But, as he and his friends, Annabeth and Grover, endure the trials that they encounter, Percy becomes increasingly a more effective and all around better leader. By applying the Hero Cycle, we can understand The Lightning Thief as a description of the evident evolution of Percy 's, leadership through the tests and challenges he endures.
In the Odyssey by Homer and the movie, Apollo 13, Odysseus and James (Jim) Lovell face difficulties that they need to overcome and have many accomplishments they need to celebrate. Odysseus and Jim face challenges they overcome. One of Odysseus’s great challenges is escaping trouble. He finds ways to always escape them but finds it hard sometimes so he must be creative.
In the book The Alchemist, it is said that to lead a satisfying life you must first complete your personal legend. Before Santiago met Melchizedek (King of Salem) he did not know what a personal legend was. Melchizedek said it is what you have always wanted to accomplish (Coelho 23). Throughout the book, Santiago was pursuing his personal legend and overcoming many obstacles like losing all of his money, working as a crystal merchant, crossing the desert and turning himself into the
Around halfway through the journey across the desert, Salva was ravenous for any form of food or water, and he was languishing in the torrid conditions. His Uncle Jewir recognized the state that he was in, and there was a moment in the book where he tried to get him to continue. ‘“Do you see that group of bushes?” Uncle said, pointing. “You only need to walk as far as those bushes.
But Hercules was there to make sure nothing happened and he killed the big sea monster saving the princess of troy! Just imagine fighting a huge sea monster and killing it with ease.
“The tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart”, as said by Ultima. Antonio has this realization in chapter 22, when he realizes that Ultima has been trying to teach him all along. Antonio can experience the suffering of his friends and family and string of tragic deaths that he witnesses, and still persevere and thrive. Antonio’s questions and resolutions here are basically Anaya’s thesis for the novel. He must embrace all the aspects of his culture and childhood- Luna and Marez; Native American, Spanish, and English; Catholic and pagan; curanderismo and priesthood- and build his own identity out of them, accepting them all as valid in their contradictions.
Next, when returning to Uruk, he tells Urshanabi to “‘climb up onto the wall of Uruk… These parts and the precinct are all Uruk’” (Sandars 32). In this part of the story, Gilgamesh realizes that Uruk needs him, and him inviting Urshanabi to see the city and its beauty represents how he has learned to be proud of his city. In addition, the story ends with the narrator explaining how Gilgamesh “went on a long journey, was weary, worn out with labor and returning engraved on a stone the whole story” (Sandars 32). Writing down his story ensures that others will hear about his journey and that Gilgamesh’s legacy will live on for years to come.
Santiago has met with various obstacles along his journey and through these challenges he has made companions the Alchemist being one of them. Santiago was accompanied by the Alchemist along his journey and here is where he learnt the most lessons about his goal, language of the universe, and his heart. The meeting of this “goddess" helps the hero on their journey to overcome certain obstacles and points the hero in the right direction and in Santiago’s case the Alchemist even taught him how to become wind. Santiago also meets with the Oracle of the caravan to which Santiago explains his visions to and in meeting this “goddess" the hero continues to peruse their
The main issue is that Santiago has no clue what he is doing. Following three days of contemplating, Santiago utilizes his insight into the Soul of the World to request that the components help him. To begin with he asks the betray, at that point he asks the breeze, at that point he asks the sun and, at last, he solicits the Soul from the World. Quickly, the breeze throws together, and Santiago vanishes and returns on the opposite side of the camp.
These are some of the last words the Alchemist says to Santiago before they part ways. He explains to the boy why he had to undergo tests and trials in order to fulfill his personal legend. Santiago endured many hardships, but it all started with "beginners luck. " His first trial was when he was robbed of all his possessions, and it ended with having to turn himself into wind. These tests were put in place to have Santiago ace the lessons he had learned along his journey.
A Spirit of Adventure In order to accomplish his goals, one needs to have a strong will and determination. Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, tells the story of Odysseus, who has to overcome many obstacles and distractions in order to return to his beloved homeland. His ten-year journey home becomes the longest and greatest of his life. In his poem, “Ulysses,” Alfred Tennyson writes of a man named Ulysses who is getting older, and is looking back on his past adventures.