Nicole Higgins Beowulf

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Beowulf / Hero with a Thousand Faces Essay

In the stories Beowulf and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, its visible and has been concluded that the hero, Beowulf and his journey fulfill all 12 of the characteristics of a mythical hero. First, the hero is introduced in his ordinary world. Beowulf is the son of Ecgtheow and nephew of the king in his land Geatland, which is not far from Denmark. When he receives his call to adventure, Beowulf travels to the Danes. There is a monster named Grendel and one night, he slaughtered thirty men. Since then, he has continuously caused problems for twelve years. People have tried to fight him and stop the evil creature from killing or causing more destruction but many have died trying. This made him more reluctant to go fight him. He knew there could be consequences or he could end up getting hurt. He doesn’t know much about the creature or how he will fight back so it makes everything more scary and difficult for Beowulf. When he starts to get anxious and afraid to go to the Danes and battle, people start to encourage him. The king of the Geats, Hrothgar, started to persuade Beowulf to go help the Danes because they were in great danger. With that, Beowulf travels to the unknown land, the Danes. This is when he passes the first threshold. When Beowulf arrives from sea with fourteen of the bravest warriors, they are covered in armor and carrying weapons. The Danish guards on the coast stop Beowulf and his crew in curiosity. They are not used to people coming ashore especially not such brave men ready to fight. After explaining himself, the group of men is allowed into the land to start their journey and fight off Grendel. While in the Danes, he encounters tests and helpers. He has to make allies and enemies. Of course his enemy would be the monsters, Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. He has warriors that try to help him while battling the monsters. Unferth, someone from the...
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