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Beowulf vs. The Sword in the Stone

The Iliad and Pendragon
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Shannon Mac

on 18 May 2011

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Transcript of Beowulf vs. The Sword in the Stone

... The Sword in the Stone The Epic Project by Shannon McInerny The Twelve Stages of the Hero's Journey Beowulf... 4. Meeting with the Mentor: 3. Refusal of the Call: 1. Ordinary World: Geatland is the land where Beowulf originates from, it is his home. 2. Call to Adventure: When Beowulf hears of the Danes being attacked by the monster, Grendel, he decides to go to Denmark and help them. Beowulf doesn't need a mentor! VS. Beowulf refuses no call! 5. Crossing the First Threshold: Back when Beowulf had heard of the Danes' struggle with the monster, Grendel, he had sailed across the ocean to reach Denmark and help them. This is the crossing of the First Threshold. 6. Tests, Allies, and Enemies: Beowulf's fight against the monster, Grendel, is his test. Beowulf finds allies in the Danes, who he must save from the monster, Grendel. The enemy that Beowulf must face is: Grendel. 7. Approach: 8. Ordeal: 9. Reward: 10. The Road Back: 11. Resurrection: 12. Return with Elixir: The biggest set back that Beowulf faces is when Grendel's mother, out for revenge, goes to Heorot... She kills Hrothgar's strongest and wisest warrior, Esher, which causes great distress among the Danes. The ordeal that Beowulf finds he must face is his fight to defeat Grendel's mother. Beowulf brings the reward he earned to Hrothgar... This reward was Grendel's severed head... And the hilt of the giant's sword he used to kill Grendel's mother. The road back for Beowulf is his return to Geatland. Fifty years into Beowulf's reign over Geatland as king... A dragon is awakened! And Beowulf finds he must fight and defeat the dragon to save his kingdom! There is no elixir, Beowulf doesn't need an elixir either! The hero of which... ... is Beowulf (He's a willing, gung-ho hero). The hero of which is Arthur... ... known as "Wart" in the beginning of the book. For Wart, his ordinary world is the castle he lived in with Sir Ector and Kay. While waiting for the hunting hawk that Kay had lost to return to him... ... Wart is shot at in the woods, making him run off and get lost. He eventually finds his way to Merlyn's cottage. It is then that Wart meets his mentor: Merlyn the Wizard! Wart faces several tests while Merlyn is his mentor... Merlyn then puts him in the aviary where he faces the challange of gaining the other bird's approval. Merlyn turns Wart into a merlin (a bird of prey)... These tests are described as adventures by both Wart and Merlyn. In some of the adventures that Wart goes on with Merlyn, Wart will make allies with the other animals he meets. However, consistently throughout the entire story, the character that has antagonized and held Wart back the most was Kay. When Uther Pendragon, the King of England, died... He ordered that whoever was to pull that sword from that stone would become the next king of England. Wart pulls the sword from the stone and is named the next King of England. Wart is horrified when Sir Ector and Kay bow to him after he is announced as the next King of England. The biggest set back that Wart must face is the fight he has with Kay, his brother... Kay is angry that Wart has all the adventures with Merlyn and he doesn't have any... Wart meets with Merlyn and demands that he takes Kay on an adventure too. Kay and Wart end up helping out Robin Hood in this adventure... And while they are running from a griffin at the end of it, Kay shoots the griffin down and it falls on Wart, breaking his collarbone. What Wart gains from this incident with the pike is the knowledge of how power corrupts, and the pike's absolute monarchy was not good. For Wart, there is no road back. (He is an unwilling hero). http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/sword-and-the-stone-45th-anniversary-edition.html?post_id=140673&action=report When Merlyn turns Wart into a fish and puts him in a pond, Wart meets the king of the moat, a pike... Wart asks the pike many questions, to which it generally answers that power is the only thing to live by. He then tries to eat Wart, but Wart escapes just in time. There is no elixir for Wart, he has to wait for his broken collarbone to heal. While Wart is terrified by this, and how Sir Ector and Kay now have to bow to him, he doesn't necessarily refuse to become king. "Beowulf Page 1." Northern Virginia Community College. Web. 11 May 2011. <http://www.nvcc.edu/home/vpoulakis/translation/beowulf1.htm>. "Beowulf Page 1." Northern Virginia Community College. Web. 11 May 2011. . "Disney The Sword in the Stone Clipart - Disney Clipart Galore." Disney Clipart Galore Over 7600 Disney Cartoon Images. Web. 11 May 2011. . "Disney The Sword in the Stone Clipart - Disney Clipart Galore." Disney Clipart Galore Over 7600 Disney Cartoon Images. Web. 11 May 2011. . The Archetypes: The hero of Beowulf is, obviously, Beowulf... And of The Sword in the Stone it is Wart... Beowulf does not have a mentor, but Wart's mentor is Merlyn. There is no Trickster in either of these stories. In Beowulf, the shadow is the dragon... In The Sword in the Stone, it is the pike who represents corrupt absolute power. There is no Shapeshifter in either of these stories... There is no Herald in Beowulf... In the Sword in the Stone, Merlyn is Wart's mentor, but he also issues the challenges and announces coming change for Wart, making him the Herald, too. The Threshold Guardian in Beowulf is the messenger who tells Beowulf of Grendel killing the Danes. In the Sword in the Stone, the Threshold Guardian is Cully... She is a hunting hawk who escapes from Wart and Kay, resulting in Wart searching the forest and meeting Merlyn. She also tests Wart when he is turned into a merlin and put in the aviary with the other hunting birds. THE END. The Theme: The common theme of Beowulf and The Sword and the Stone is being a good king. In The Sword in the Stone, Wart had become accustomed to the idea that the most he will be is Kay's squire. However, Merlyn had taken him on adventures in which he learned what would make a good king and a good person. Like when he had met the pike, the king of the moat, he had learned that the pike's absolute monarchy made him a bad king. When Beowulf meets Hrothgar, it is displayed in his actions and his concern over the protection of his people that shows what their opinion of a good king is. Hrothgar later tells Beowulf what kind of leader to be, he tells him that he should not become too proud and that he should never be greedy to his people. Beowulf refuses no call! 10. The Road Back: The road back for Beowulf is his return to Geatland. 11. Resurrection: Fifty years into Beowulf's reign over Geatland as king... 4. Meeting with the Mentor: Beowulf doesn't need a mentor! It is then that Wart meets his mentor: Merlyn the Wizard! A dragon is awakened. And Beowulf finds he must fight and defeat the dragon to save his kingdom! For Wart, there is no road back. Kay and Wart end up helping out Robin Hood in this adventure... griffin When Beowulf does eventually return to Geatland, he becomes the king, and he is described as powerful and generous. It was all in preperation by Merlyn for the day when Wart would pull the sword from the stone and become the new king of England. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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