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The Hero's Journey of Beowulf

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Beowulf Call to Adventure Refusal of the Call Supernatural Aid The Hero's Journey This part of the story is the call of adventure because this is the time when Beowulf hears about this monster, Grendel who is attacking Herot's people. He is to go and defeat this monster, and save the land of Geatland. The Call of Adventure is in lines 190-209 in the story. "When he heard about Grendel, Hygelac's thane was on home ground, over in Geatland. There was no one else like him alive. In this day, he was the mightiest man on earth, high-born and powerful." This story does not include a Refusal of the Call. The context from the story comes from the lines 200-209. In the story, the hero, Beowulf, does deny the call to adventure. He knows he is powerful and strong enough to do the job. He knows everyone is counting on him, so, he accepts the call and begins his first steps to adventure "Nobody tried to keep him from going, no elder denied him, dear as he was to them. Instead they expected 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 as the captain, a canny pilot along coast and currents." This part of the story is found in lines 196-198 in the story. The Crossing of the First Threshold The Crossing of the First Threshold happens in lines 210-228 in the story. "My lord the conquering king of the Danes, bids me announce that he knows your ancestry; also that he welcomes you here to Herot and salutes your arrival from across the sea. You are free to move forward to meet Hrothgar, in helmets and armour." Belly of the Whale The Belly of the Whale happens in lines 749-753 of the story. The Road of Trials The crossing of the first threshold is when Beowulf arrives to Daneland, and the guards let them into the country. The supernatural aid in this story is the force from the gods Beowulf believes in. All the force goes into the sword he fights with. This takes place when Beowulf prepares to go and fight Grendel. Then, after preparing for the fight, he takes charge and goes and finds Grendel to attack. The road of trials is the series of fights that Beowulf is in. They include: the fight with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. The Meeting with the Goddess The Meeting of the Goddess happens in lines 655-658 of the story. The Meeting of the Goddess is when Beowulf meets Wiglaf. He helps Beowulf, and gives me advice, and his care. Recognition by the Recognition by the Father This is when Beowulf returns back. He comes back with gifts and presents them to Hygelac, and he praises him for his accomplishment. Apotheosis The Apotheosis happens in lines 1782-1786 in the story. The Ultimate Boon The Ultimate Boon happens in lines 2844-2847 in the story. Refusal of the Return The Magic Flight Rescue From Without The Crossing of the Return Threshold Master of the Two Worlds Freedom To Live This happens in lines 1700-1708. This happens in lines 2518-2524. This happens in lines 2535-2537. This happens in line 2609-2613. This happens in lines 2783-2787. This happens in lines 3156-3163. "I can look upon it in triumph at last. Take your place then with pride and pleasure and move to the feast. Tomorrow morning our treasure will be shared and showered upon you." "The treasure had been won, bought and paid for by Beowulf's death. Both had reached the end of the road. through the life they had been lent." "But I shall be eating molten venom in the fire he breathes , so I go forth in mail-shirt and shield. I won't shift a foot when I meet the cave-guard: what occurs on the wall between the two of us will turn out as fate, overseen by men, decides." "to measure his 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 way." "He could not hold back: one hand brandished they yellow-timbered shield, the other drew his sword- an ancient blad that was said to have belonged to Eanmund, the son of Ohthere." "To the everlasting Lord of All, to the King of Glory, I give thanks that I behold this treasure here in front of me, that I have been allowed to leave my people so well endowed on the day I die." "Then the Geat people began to construct a mound on the headland, high and imposing, a marker that sailors could see from far away, and in ten days they had done the work. It was their hero's memorial, what remained from the fire they housed inside it." "The captain of evil discovered himself in a hand-grip harder than anything he had ever encountered in any man on the face of the earth." "Ward it and guard it, for it is the greatest of the houses. Be on your mettle now, keep in mind your fame, beware the enemy. There's nothing you wish for that won't be yours if you win through alive." "In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, high-born and powerful." "A protector of his people, pledged to uphold truth and justice to respect tradition, in entitled to affirm this man." This is the point in time when Beowulf has become older, and knows he is too old to do what he used to do. He can no longer fight in many battles anymore. The ultimate boon is when Beowulf defeats Grendel's mother. The refusal of the return is when Beowulf does not want to fight anymore, he declines it. The Magic Flight is when Beowulf fights the dragon. This is when Wiglaf helps Beowulf defeat the dragon. This is the point in time when Beowulf dies in battle. Beowulf is now the master of Geatland and among all the people. This is when all the people remember Beowulf, and will always remember how much of a great warrior he was. Lines 1905-1931
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