Who Is The Hero's Journey In Greek Mythology

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Divergent: Modern Fictional Hero Story and Greek Mythology
Divergent is a movie (and book), that takes place in a dystopian future. The society that these people live in are divided into five factions: Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the kind), and Erudite (the intelligent). The main character, Beatrice Prior, is from Abnegation. Once an individual reaches adulthood, they have to take an aptitude test which helps them determine which faction they truly are. Once the test reveals their true faction, they get the option to stay with their current faction, or leave and join a new faction. Once they choose their faction at the Choosing Ceremony, they must commit to that faction for life. Beatrice has …show more content…

One of the recurrent mythology motifs that occur in this story is the hero’s journey. Just like the famous heroes in Greek Mythology, Perseus and Hercules etc, Beatrice has begun a quest that will change her life. The first stage of the monomyth is the departure. During this stage the hero receives a call to action where they must leave the ordinary world behind and sometimes they will refuse their call. In Greek mythology, Perseus begins his call to adventure when he takes on the challenge of bringing back Medusa’s head. Perseus doesn’t refuse his call to adventure but he is little afraid of taking this journey because he promised to do something he wasn’t sure that he could do. This connects to Beatrice because, although she didn’t refuse her calling either, she is also afraid to leave her old faction behind. For mentors, Perseus gets advice and guidance from the goddess Athena and the god Hermes. Beatrice gets advice from Tori, who helps her avoid her secret from getting out and gives her advice on how to stay alive. Perseus crosses his first threshold after he gets to the island of Hesperiidae where he gets the Graeae to help him find the Gorgons. Beatrice commits to her adventure by being the first person in the group of new recruits, to take the first jump down a hole. By leaping first, she passed Dauntless’ first

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