The camp director, Chiron, sent Percy on a mission with Grover and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, to retrieve a lightning bolt from the lightning thief who is believed to be Hades, god of the underworld. Luke, another member of Camp Half Blood, gave Percy a pair of shoes that flies but he can’t wear it or he will be in
A demigod or half blood, is the son or daughter of one of the gods from greek mythology, who Percy discovers are real. Eventually, he learns that the master lightning bolt of Zeus was stolen and the gods believe that Percy is the thief. Zeus believes this because Poseidon is Percy’s father and Zeus believes that Poseidon put him up to it in order to steal power. To clear his name, Percy must undertake a dangerous quest with a other campers, Annabeth and
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is set in the 21st century, and is about a twelve year old half-blood boy named Percy Jackson who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia. His father Poseidon, the god of the sea abandoned him before he was born so he would not be exposed to any danger. Percy is always getting into trouble and has to switch schools multiple times in the story. Zeus, the father of Ares, the god of war and Sparta finds out that his lightning bolt is stolen and Percy is the main suspect. After he and his two friends, Grover the satyr, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, reach Camp Half Blood, he is sent on a quest to return the god of the sky Zeus' master bolt.
The consequence of his decision is that shortly after Polyphemus devours most of his men but this bolsters him to conjure a plan to escape. After he successfully exits the cave by blinding the cyclopes, he and his surviving men board the ship. As a result of his pride, he calls out to the monster, "If anyone asks who put out your eye, tell them it was Odysseus of Ithaca!”(Hinds 109). Considering the fact Polyphemus is the son of Poseidon, the cyclops calls out to him and therefore starts the troublesome voyage for Odysseus back home. When he returns to Ithaca he learns to control his hubris by replacing it with patience.
In the story Utanapishtim is tasked by the creator god Enki to build a giant ship, called The Preserver of Life, for an upcoming flood that will wipe out all animals and humans. He brings onboard his wife, family, relatives, craftsmen of his village, animals, and grain. Just like with Noah, he sends out a dove and a raven to see if the waters have receded. The ship eventually comes to rest on Mount Nisir and once on dry land he releases the animals and makes a sacrifice to the gods. It is largely accepted that Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure that later became embellished in myth.
Beware of the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis A Greek poet named Homer wrote a famous epic poem called The Odyssey. The epic poem was about a brave lord, Odysseus, and his men encountering a few arduous obstacles during their journey back to Ithaca. In Book 12, “Beware of the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis,” translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Odysseus has to make a difficult decision about losing all his men to Charybdis’ whirlpool or only six to Scylla’s ferocious head. This story can relate to the poem, “The Sirens,” written by James Russell Lowell. Both men being compelled by sirens’ singing.
The second book is Sky Raiders: The Five Kingdoms. The book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, written by Rick Riordan. Tells about Percy Jackson, a son of Poseidon, who goes on a quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt when it is stolen. This book does a fantastic job describing the characters such as: Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood, Luke Castellan, Sally Jackson. Sally Jackson is Percy Jackson’s mother.
“Do you go upon this quest and I swear with Zeus as witness that I will give up the Kingdom and Sovereign to you.” (Hamilton 164). Beowulf, on the other hand, went on his quest to save a kingdom that needed help to defeat the great monster Grendel. “Follower and the strongest of the Geats—greater /And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world— /Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror/And quickly commanded a boat fitted out, /Proclaiming that he’d go to that famous king,” (Raffel 110-114). The different character traits between these two characters suggest a difference in culture too. Beowulf goes on quests to earn pride and help others, while Jason does it to promote Greek lifestyle and get a reward, besides pride.
Until the Rutulians saw “the tawny eagle of Jupiter in the red sky morning…seized a noble swan in his pitiless talons…and [with] the weight of his prey…[dropped] it out of its talons into the river” (book 12, 271). They took this as an omen from Jupiter to continue the battle with the Trojans. It was the once again the gods who set the actions of men back on tract to fulfill their needs. During the fight a spear hit Aeneas giving him a wound that his healer could not fix. He shouldn’t have been able to go back on the battlefield to fight and kill Turnus, but his mother, Venus, saved him.
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.
For instance, Samuel and Tony were fishing and Sam told him the story of the magical golden carp, “The river was full of dangers to the new fish. So he went to the other gods and told them he chose to be turned into a carp and swim in the river where he could take care of his people. The gods agreed... they made him very big and colored him the color of gold. And they made him the lord of all the waters of the valley” (Anaya 74). The pagan god chose to sacrifice himself for his followers, as Jesus died on the stake for his.
In book five of the Oddessy , the reader can distinguish a great stage in the hero 's journey. In book five the most prevailing stage that we see a test, allies, and enemies. For example Odysseus foremost ally and mentor Athena is pleading and negotiation his fortune with the other gods. After triumphantly doing so Odysseus constructs a ship with the help of Calypso another ally and lover in order to abandon the island and recommence his journey. After setting sail we see a case of Odysseus 's enemy the god of the sea Poseidon return and disrupt the journey by producing a storm that nearly kills him.