Examples Of Monomyth In Beowulf

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Beowulf, an ancient tale of a tragic hero, is an ideal example of adventurous journeys, unwavering bravery, and divine intervention. Stories such as these follow the precedented rules a hero will encounter on his journey, the monomyth cycle. This cycle is defined by three main stages, each stage consisting of several sub stages that serve as a guide to analyze the stories of mythological heroes. Beowulf fits the mold of a tragic hero as his actions and dilemmas are described in the monomyth cycle. The initial stage of a monomyth is titled Separation. This stage involves, most notably, the call to adventure, the refusal, and the supernatural aid that will accompany the hero. In the opening pages, Beowulf hears that the residents of Denmark are in peril from a man-eating demon known as Grendel. This is Beowulf’s call to action. Although not explicitly noted until later in the epic poem, Beowulf is the …show more content…

In fact, Beowulf’s pride is the original reason for him to visit the land of Denmark, he wants the name Beowulf to be known across nations. The necessity of Beowulf’s help against Grendel is the first call of Separation. Beowulf first only wants to be known for defeating beasts for his own glory, but soon realizes that with enemies as intelligent and cunning as Grendel, he must use different skills and begins to become fond of the people of Denmark. This shift in maturity is also a common trend in the monomyth cycle, one where tragic heroes must learn to overcome their pride or die because of it. The next stage defined by a monomyth is the refusal to call, and Beowulf exemplifies this stage when he disagrees to become King of the Gates. Beowulf, as outlined by a classic hero’s journey, does however eventually accept his call and becomes King. The last stage of Separation is supernatural aid, which is a large factor in Beowulf’s journey. Beowulf is the greatest warrior of them all, and is said to have immense strength

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