Everybody knows who is the protagonist of a story if they read it but how do they know? How do you or I know the heroes are, in fact, heroes in, for example, the Matrix and Beowulf? This is what I will present in this essay. I will be using the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell for both of them by using three stages from it. For the Matrix, I will be using “Meeting with Mentor”, “The Ordeal” and “Return with Elixir” stages. For Beowulf, I will be using “Call to Adventure”, “Reward” and “Return with Elixir” stages.
In the Matrix, Neo meets Morpheus, a guy that he was looking for and vice versa. In this stage of “Meeting with Mentor”, Morpheus is convincing Neo to take the red pill to get out of the Matrix. Now, this part is that if there is a mentor, there will be a hero. The mentor will try to convince the hero to do something because the mentor needs him or knows that other people need him. Morpheus needs Neo to get out of the Matrix because he believes Neo is The One, who is the savior of the human race. This proves that Neo is the hero in this stage because Morpheus convincing Neo to do something and people need him.
In the “Ordeal” stage of the Matrix, it is when Neo and Trinity fight against people in the Matrix by shooting guns so they can save Morpheus from Agents. Neo and Trinity fought the agents and saved Morpheus from them. Now, the hero is known to save people and/or a person in danger like Superman stopped a building crushing people on the streets or Spiderman saving a captive from bad guys. What Neo is trying to do is to save Morpheus from the Agents of the Matrix and it proves he is the hero. Also, the hero plays a huge role in the climax fight which Neo was in it too.
In the stage of “Return with Elixir” in the Matrix, it is Neo coming back to the real world with everyone saved, even Morpheus, and found out his One powers that can save the human race. Now, the hero in this stage is when he/she comes back with...