The Heros Journey And Hero's Journey In The Odyssey

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Throne of Glass is an invigorating fictional book that embodies the Hero’s Journey through a fictional adventure including mystical beasts, princes, and magic. Since ancient Greece, adventures have been formatted by a Hero’s Journey. The Odyssey is an Epic written by Homer in the 8th Century and told the story of a man’s adventure to win a beautiful wife. Together, these lively adventures incorporate portions of the Hero’s Journey including crossing the threshold, the ordeal, and tests, allies, and enemies. To begin, both stories include the main characters in the Odyssey and Throne of Glass crossing a threshold. Crossing the threshold in a Hero’s Journey is when the character leaves his normal or common world for his adventure and enters a new world. In The Odyssey, Odysseus’s entrance to the new world is when he leaves Troy on his ship. The new world Odysseus was invited in is full of creatures and gods, along with challenges and trials. Homer proves this by explaining, “Where shall a man find sweetness to surpass his own home and his parents? In far lands he shall not, though he find a house of gold.(35)” In other words, Odysseus is informing Alcinous, ruler of an island, that he left Troy and his parents to go on an adventure to come back with riches. In Throne of Glass, Celaena is working in a coal mine when she is summoned and brought to the King. Once she left the coal mines, also known as her ordinary world, she traveled and crossed the threshold to her new world when she arrived at the castle. The author makes the threshold come alive by stating, “The city vanished as they passed under another arch, this one made of sparkling glass, and then the castle rose before them. (41-42)” In this statement, the author, Sarah J. Maas, shows how Celaena exits the past world and crosses the threshold to the new world. The castle is where she will train and face her challenges throughout the Hero’s Journey. While a Hero’s Journey is extensive, The Odyssey and Throne of Glass both contain an ordeal. An ordeal is when the hero confronts or faces their greatest fear or challenge. Odysseus overcomes his ordeal when he faces Charybdis and Scylla. Even though he doesn’t inform his crew of the problems to come,

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