Explaining the Three Stages in "The Hero's Journey" Essay

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During the course of this World Literature class, several stories have been covered that accurately describe Joseph Campbell's mono-myth, or basic pattern found in narratives from every corner of the world. The Hero's Journey in it's entirety has seventeen stages or steps, but if boiled down can be described in three; the departure, the initiation, and the return (Monomyth Cycle). Each stage has several steps, but the cycle describes the hero starting in his initial state, encountering something to change him, and this his return as a changed person. To further explain this concept, there are a few stories covered in this class that can be used. Beowulf is an epic poem telling the story of Beowulf, a legendary Geatish hero who later…show more content…
In fact, he removes any sort of advantage man might have over monster as he removes his gear and weapons, fighting the monster truly mono a mono, hand to hand. So while Beowulf so far h as followed the mono-myth on it's major points (the three described earlier), in the finer details he has deviated from the set path (Beowulf Study Guide). Beowulf's victory over Grendel should be considered as “crossing of the first threshold”. Prior to his victory, Beowulf had only triumphed over man. This victory over monster provides him with more (personal) glory, and causes a bit of a dip into the next major step of the Hero's Journey, the initiation. Beowulf is interesting in that he combines two distinct events into the initiation stage of the hero. The appointment as king is the obvious choice for pinpointing the exact point of the story in which the hero undergoes the greatest change, but really it is the entire time from after Grendel's death to when Beowulf actually becomes king. His core character changes, a maturation from warrior to leader possible only because of his trial and ability to overcome hardship and challenge. The seeds of a true leader are planted however, and the reader begins to see the change from his focus on himself and his glory, to that of his people. His focus will begin to switch to that of others, not just himself. This however will take time to take root and really change his character. For the time
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