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Hero's Journey of Beowulf

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Sam Hartman

on 11 March 2013

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Transcript of Hero's Journey of Beowulf

Beowulf Call to Adventure  Supernatural Aid When he heard about Grendel, Hygalec's thane was on home ground, over in Geatland. There was no one else alive like him. In his day, he was the mightiest man on Earth, the high-born and powerful. 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 kept him from going, no elder denied him, dear as he was to them. Instead they inspected the omens and spurred his ambition to go, whilst he moved about like a 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. Explanation Call to adventure was when Beowulf heard about Grendel. He got a ship and sailed to Geatland. Refusal of the Call Quote And so, my request, O king of Bright- Danes, dear prince of the sheildings, friend of the people and their ring of defense, my one request. is that you won't refuse me, who have come this far, the privilege of purifying Heorot. Explanation Beowulf did not refuse his calling because in the story he even asked not to be refused he wanted to help the people in Heorot who were getting eaten be Grendel. Wulfgar duly delivered the message: "My lord, the conquering king of the Danes, bids me announce that he knows your ancestry; also that he welcomes you here to Heorot and salutes your arrival from across the sea. Quote Explanation Hrothgar told him about Grendel and gave him permission to fight the monster. Crossing the First Threshold Quote Time and time again, foul things attacked me, lurking and stalking, but I lashed out, gave as good as I got with my sword. My flesh was not for feasting on, there would be no monsters gnawing or gloating over their banquet at the bottom of the sea. Explanation This is him attacking huge sea creatures and this is showing him as a hero because not every person can have armor on and swim, while killing 12 sea monsters. Belly of the Whale The Hero's Journey Quote My plan was to pounce, pin him down in a tight grip and grapple him to death-have him panting for life, powerless and clasped in my bare hands, his body, his body in thrall. But I could't stop from him slipping my hold. Explanation This is when Beowulf is finally leaving himself to become an amazing hero and to do that he has to kill the beast that is terrorizing Heorot. Road of Trials Meeting with the goddess Quote Explanation Quote he left his hand and arm and shoulder to show that he had been there Explanaion His final test was taking grendels arm as a trophy to show that he was a true hero or one coming to be. The queen spoke:" Enjoy your drink, myu generous lord; raise up your goblet, entertain the geats duly and gently, discourse with them. The queen showed honor by honoring Beowulf at the feast of his last victory versus Grendel. Recognition by the father Explanaion It is Hrothgar because he is like the boss because he is the king. He has the power to tell beowulf what to do. Quote Most gracious Hrothgar, did not refuse them,but grant them a reply. Apotheosis Quote then heaved his war-sword and swung his arm: the decorated blade came down ringing and sining on her head. He soon found his battle-torch extinguished: the shining blade refused to bite. It spared her and failed the man in need. Explanation Beowulf had this sword and it failed him so this makes him more caustious. Ultimate Boon Quote Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle. Beowulf dealt it a deadly wound. Explanation Beowulf completed his goal and killed the dragon that was destroying his land Refusal of the return Quote Your sway is as wid as the wind's home, as the sea around cliffs. Explantion Beowulf was suppose to leave for home but grendel's mom had to attack Heorot and ruin it. Magical Flight Quote The earl's defender furnished the hero with twelve and told him to set out, sail with those gifts saftly home. Explanation Beowulf because he is so awsome gets to go home with all of this treasure for killing the two monsters. Rescue from without Explanation Quote Then he waded the dangerous reek and went under arms to his lord, only saying:"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 live. This is the time where Beowulf is near death and Wiglaf came to his aid because he needed it badly. Crossing of the Return Threshold Quote Explanation He ruled it well for fifty winters, grew old and wise as warden of the land. Beowulf became king and ruled the land for fifty years keeping the safe from bad people and monsters. Master of two worlds Quote 1 He ruled it well for fifty winters Quote 2 If there is any favour on Earth beyond deeds of arms I have done already. Explanation Beowulf was a boss at two places and those places were Geatland and Daneland He killed two monsters and also is a cool king of his home nation. Freedom to live Quote Explanation Then the prince of War-Geats, warming to his fight with Grendel's mother gripped her shoulder and laid about him in a battle frenzy: he pitched his killer opponent to the floor This is beowulf's freedom to live because Beowulf is not worrying about the past or the future. He is just dealing with his opponent at the time. The End
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