The Ultimate Hero 's Quest

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The Ultimate Hero’s Quest The Hero’s Quest is an archetypal journey a character embarks on, representing their quest of overcoming an obstacle and becoming a hero. The Hero’s Quest follows a specific pattern of stages the hero goes through on their quest. Typically this hero goes through great physical, mental and lifestyle changes to transform from a normal person into a hero on one quest, attempting to overcome one obstacle. Beowulf is an epic poem written during the time of the Anglo-Saxons; heroism is a motif commonly found in literature during this period. Beowulf tells the journey of a young man who transforms into a hero and accomplishes what was thought to be impossible. While Beowulf followed the archetypal qualities of the…show more content…
Grendel’s mother kills Hrothgar’s closest advisor and took Grendel’s arm, which the Danes had hung on the wall as a symbol of victory. Beowulf takes this threat very personally and vows to defeat Grendel’s mother or die trying. Finally, Beowulf answers the call one last time, many years later in Geatland. Fifty years after defeating Grendel and Grendel’s mother, Beowulf had been king of Geatland for many years and happily rules over the Geats. A dragon destroys Beowulf’s mead hall while seeking revenge on an escaped slave who has stolen treasure from the dragon. Beowulf was an extremely prideful person and would not let the dragon go unscathed for destroying his mead hall. This is the third and final time Beowulf answers the call to his Hero’s Quest.
The next step of the Hero’s Quest is the preparation. The preparation is a period of time in which a hero develops skill, builds strength, is mentored, gathers tools, and finds allies they will need for their quest. Similar to the call, Beowulf goes through this step on three occasions throughout Beowulf. During the preparation, there are also many obstacles the hero encounters such as difficult terrain, remote locations, and seemingly insurmountable destinations. The first period of preparation for Beowulf took place when he first meets Hrothgar. This meeting takes place immediately after Beowulf and his men arrive in Denmark. Hrothgar gives Beowulf advice and
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