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The Hero's Journey in Beowulf

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The Hero's Journey Beowulf Departure 1. The Call to Adventure The monster, Grendel, is killing everyone. Beowulf decides that he is going to go and defeat Grendel. He ordered a boat that would ply the waves. He announced his plan: to sail the swan's road and search out that king, the famous prince who needed defenders. Nobody tried to keep him from going, no elder denied him, dear as he was to them. Instead, they inspected omens and spurred his ambition to go, whilst he moved about like the leader he was, enlisting men, the best he could find; with fourteen others the warrior boarded the boat as captain, a canny pilot along coast and currents.
Beowulf L. 198-209 2. Refusal of the Call 3. Supernatural Aid 4. The Crossing of the First Threshold 5. The Belly of the Whale Initiation 6. The Road of Trials 7. The Meeting with the Goddess 8. Recognition by the Father 9. Apotheosis 10. The Ultimate Boon Return 11. Refusal of the Return 12. The Magic Flight 13. Rescue from Without Although Beowulf himself did not refuse the call, there was a refusal of the call by Hygelac. He did not want Beowulf to go and help the Danes. Your undertaking cast my spirits down, I dreaded the outcome of your expedition and pleaded with you long and hard to leave the killer be, let the South-Danes settle their own blood-feud with Grendel.
Beowulf L. 1992-1997 The Crossing of the First Threshold is when Beowulf and his army travel over the ocean to Geatland to fight Grendel. Time went by, the boat was on the water, in close under the cliffs. Men climbed eagerly up the gangplank, sand churned in surf, warriors loaded a cargo of weapons, shining war-gear in the vessel's hold, then heaved out, away with a will in their wood-wreathed ship. Over the waves, with the wind behind her and foam at her neck , she flew like a bird until her curved prow had covered the distance and on the following day, at the due hour, those seafarers sighted land, sunlit cliffs, sheer crags and looming headlands, the landfall they sought. Beowulf L. 210-223 14. The Crossing of the Return Threshold 15. The Master of the Two Worlds 16. The Freedom to Live The belly of the whale is the final separation between the hero's old world and self. This separation occurs when Grendel attacks Heorot. In off the moors, down through the mist bands God-cursed Grendel came greedily loping. Beowulf L. 710-711 Beowulf has always had his supernatural aid. His supernatural aid is his strength and his amazing superhuman powers. There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, high-born and powerful.
Beowulf L. 196-198 The Road of Trials is when Beowulf fights Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. The Recognition of the Father happens when Beowulf comes back from battle, and the king wants to adopt him. The meeting with the goddess occurs in the story when Beowulf fights his second battle against Grendel's mother. Then the prince of the War-Geats, warming to this fight with Grendel's mother, gripped her should and laid about him in a battle frenzy: he pitched his killer opponent to the floor but she rose quickly and retaliated, grappled him tightly in her grim embrace.
Beowulf L. 1537-1542 The ultimate boon in Beowulf is when Beowulf defeats Grendel's mother in the underwater sea cave, and he brings back Grendel's head on a stick. Grendel's head was hauled by the hair, dragged across the floor where the people were drinking, a horror for both queen and company to behold. Beowulf L. 1647-1649 The bright court of Heorot has been cleansed and now the word is that you want to adopt this warrior as a son.
Beowulf. L. 1174-1776 The Apotheosis is the period of rest, peace, and fulfillment when the hero is in a god-like state. This happens after Beowulf defeats Grendel's mother. He has accomplished everything, and he is a hero to all of the people. Beowulf, my friend, your fame has gone far and wide, you are known everywhere. Beowulf L. 1703-1705 He wished good luck to the Geats who had shared his hearth and his gold. He was sad at heart, unsettled yet ready, sensing his death. His fate hovered near, unknowable but certain: it would soon claim his coffered soul, part life from limb. Before long the prince's spirit would spin free from his body.
Beowulf L. 2418-2424 Beowulf does not want to fight dragon, and he knows that he is going to die. But, he goes anyway. The Rescue from Without occurs when Beowulf is fighting the dragon, and Wiglaf comes to help him after all of the other warriors deserted him. Then he waded the dangerous reek and went under arms to his lord, saying only: "Go on, dear Beowulf, do everything you said you would when you were still young and vowed you would never let your name and fame be dimmed while you lived. Your deeds are famous, so stay resolute, my lord, defend your life now with the whole of your strength. I shall stand by you." Beowulf and his army travel to fight the dragon. "Men at arms, remain herre on the barrow, safe in your armour, to see which one of us is better in the end at bearing wounds in a deadly fray. This fight is not yours, nor is it up to any man except me to measure is strength against the monster or to prove his worth. I shall win the gold by my courage, or else mortal combat, doom of battle, will bear your lord away." Beowulf L. 2529-2537 Beowulf dies while fighting the dragon. His soul fled from his breast to its destined place among the steadfast ones. Beowulf L. 2819-2820 Beowulf is a hero to both Geatland and Denmark. So that afterwards the wide kingdom reverted to Beowulf. He ruled it well for fifty winters, grew old and wise as warden of the land.
Beowulf L. 2207-2210 Beowulf is remembered forever as a hero among all people. They said that of all the kings upon the earth he was he man most gracious and fair-minded, kindest to his people and keenest to win fame.
Beowulf L. 3180-3182 The captain of evil discovered himself in a handgrip harder than anything he has ever encountered in any man on the face of the earth. Every bone in his body quailed and recoiled, but he could not escape. Beowulf L. 749-753 Then the prince of the War-Geats, warming to this fight with Grendel's mother, gripped her should and laid about him in a battle frenzy: he pitched his killer opponent to the floor but she rose quickly and retaliated, grappled him tightly in her grim embrace.
Beowulf L. 1537-1542 So the king of the Geats raised his hand and struck hard at the enameled scales, but scarcely cut through...
Beowulf L. 2575-2577
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