The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo by mirroring the heroic journey, showing Bilbo’s dramatic change from the Hobbit he once was. Gandalf calls Bilbo to adventure at the beginning of the story, and Bilbo is forced to realize that “adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine” (Tolkien 33). Bilbo’s journey to a hero begins with gaining an understanding that he must expose himself to uncertainty in order to help his group. After Bilbo crosses the first threshold with help from Gandalf, he finds himself in the ‘belly of the whale’ with
For example, when a dragon begins to terrorize his kingdom, Beowulf 's first thought is not to protect his people. Instead, he says, "I 've never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles. I am old, now, but I will fight again, seek fame still, if the dragon hiding in his tower dares to face me." (52) To Beowulf, even as an older and supposedly wiser man, his main reason for fighting monsters continues to be to gain more fame. Other heroes, like Gilgamesh and Odysseus, usually do heroic deeds to help their kingdoms and men.
Seeking redemption can be a powerful motivating force behind one’s actions. If a person is looking to be redeemed, the process in which they attempt to find redemption can change them as a person and drive them to do things they never previously would have. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Amir spends a large portion of the story seeking redemption from his past sins. This forces him to step away from his previously cowardly nature, and leads him to do things he never thought he could. Throughout the novel, symbols such as the kite, Amir’s dream of fighting the bear his father did, and the motif “for you a thousand times over” demonstrate Amir’s character development.
Heroic figures have long been the root of inspiration and fascination for humankind. A myriad of hero myths share themes and patterns that have recurred throughout time in countless narratives. In J. K. Rowling’s books about the young wizard Harry Potter, we find the same themes, motifs and structures that these hero myths are composed of. To analyse the mythical structure in Harry Potter, two influential concepts about the construction of typical hero myths will be discussed in this chapter: psychoanalyst Otto Rank’s theory of the archetypical hero’s life and mythologist Joseph Campbell’s theory of the “monomyth”: • The archetypical hero: Psychoanalyst Otto Rank analyses in his work The Myth of the Birth of the Hero (Rank, 1909) hero myths
Also, Pi doesn’t realize how difficult the brawl against nature and spiritual devotion can be until the lion’s share of the story begins when the Tsimtsum sinks. Paralleled with the second phase, Pi’s youthful innocence and inexperience with such devastating circumstances lead him to believe that he will be rescued soon and that his parents are still alive. After a few days, he comes to terms with the sad truth that
Facing the struggle between individualism and nationalism, he had a quest to undertake. He discovered his inner deep and in accepting that with his courage and determination, he was reborn into a new person. When he reached the comprehension and appreciation of the King’s motive of war, uniting all countries to bring peace to all people, he did not kill the King but chose to be killed by the King’s soldiers. The time when he made his decision is also when he successfully completed the Hero’s Journey. During his journey, the viewers can see the growth of Nameless from a swordsman full of hatred to a hero of his own myth.
In Beowulf, Beowulf must undergo three main trials in order to fulfill his destiny. Before Beowulf begins his quest, the unknown author drafts Beowulf as a hero whom the people of Geatland acknowledge and look up to. For example, as Beowulf recruited able warriors and prepared to set out to Denmark to save Hrothgar’s people from Grendel, no elder denied his plan. The elders’ respect for Beowulf, demonstrates his influence in society. In his past, Beowulf stated he, “Battled and bound five beasts,/ raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea/ slaughtered sea-brutes” (lns.
He ran, hoping his wounded King, weak and dying, had not left the world too soon.” Once Wiglaf had returned, from his fast and exhausting journey to collect one of the last wishes of the King, he was made a King himself. Beowulf saw and felt his heart through the shield, and under all the armor. Wiglaf was the only man who kept his promise and loyalty to the King. Therefore, Beowulf made sure that the next line, army, and Geats would be as warm-hearted, courageous, and strong as he. Beowulf gave the new King his old golden shield, armor, jewelry, and everlasting gratitude.
Lots of the good characteristics Bilbo gained during the journey are learned from Thorin. This helps us understand how Thorin guides Bilbo to become a hero. Bilbo starts off with as a boring character, but by comparing Thorin and Bilbo together, we will eventually pay more attention to Bilbo as a character. (Connnection between previous sentence and this)Thorin is the perfect model of an ancient hero. 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.
In this tale, a godly man, Gilgamesh, develops a friendship with beast-turned-man, Enkidu, who begins to teach Gilgamesh about the world and helps him to grapple with challenges. After one challenge in particular, a battle with the giant Humbaba, Enkidu dies abruptly, leaving Gilgamesh alone again, and forcing him to overcome adversities by himself. Gilgamesh is initially despondent, but these adversities eventually give him the strength to grow in wisdom and appreciation. Gilgamesh flourishes from his failures because he can finally understand the meanings of life and death, accept