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Odysseus Hero Journey Essay Questions

Becoming a Hero: Katniss and Odysseus In today’s world, Greek mythology is still useful in exploring the maturation of characters in popular culture in order to better assist the audience in relating to one’s journey. The underlying theme of becoming a hero in Homer’s depictions of Odysseus, have been successfully adapted in the filmmaking process throughout the years and serve as a loose basis for Katniss’ hero quest in the first film of The Hunger Games trilogy. Like Odysseus in The Odyssey , Katniss endures a series of trials in order to transform in to the hero the world has known her to become. According to Greek mythology, the hero’s journey includes call to adventure, refusal to call, supernatural aid, crossing of the first threshold, road of trials, meeting with the goddess, atonement with father, ultimate boon, return, and apotheosis. In the first few scenes of The Hunger Games, Katniss is in District 12 where her little sister is chosen to be tribute for the annual Hunger Games. Scared of what may happen to her in the games, Katniss has her sister refuse to play in the games and offers herself as tribute instead, something that has never happened in the history of the games. This moment represents the first two steps in the hero’s journey: call to adventure and refusal to call. Although the steps have a different variety in this modern film, they still are based on this notion of the hero’s journey. Similarly, Odysseus experiences his call to adventure when Menelaus invites him to help the fight in the Trojan War. This is shown when stating, "After declaring war on Troy, Menelaus recruited [Odysseus] and soldiers from all around Greece to help him fight…   "In order to avoid fighting, he acted as though he had gone mad. .. His sanity was revealed, however, when his son was put before the plow" (710-711). By being asked to fight and then pretending to be crazy, Odysseus is attempting to refusal the call to adventure such as Katniss’ sister has done in the opening scenes of The Hunger Games. Both heroes eventually give in to the call to adventure

Gilgamesh: a Hero's Journey Essay

1533 WordsMar 21st, 20127 Pages

2/29/12
Gilgamesh the Hero Gilgamesh, written by David Ferry, illustrates a story about a man who knows everything, but continues to try and learn more. Although Gilgamesh may be arrogant, he still remains a great ruler and commander of Uruk. Throughout the book, the adventures of Gilgamesh fit Joseph Campbell’s idea of the hero’s journey. After analyzing the pieces to the hero’s journey, Gilgamesh is proven to be a true hero because his journey parallels that of the hero’s journey described by Campbell. The latter part of this paper will prove Gilgamesh is a hero using Campbell’s model, by analyzing the pieces of the hero’s journey: separation or departure, the initiation, and the return. The first element of the hero’s…show more content…

Crossing the threshold is the last component of separation or departure. Campbell explains this as leaving a world you know and entering a world that is unknown. In the book, Gilgamesh and Enkidu leave Uruk after visiting Rimat-Ninsun. “Then from the Seven-Bolt Gate the two departed,/hearing the warnings and blessings of the city” (Ferry 20). As the two companions leave the city they know so well and begin their journey into the land they are unfamiliar with, they cross their threshold. Since all of the elements of separation or departure are met in the beginning of the story, Gilgamesh continues to meet the criteria to be a hero. The second piece needed for a hero’s journey is initiation, which includes the roads of trials, the belly of the whale, meetings, attonement with the father, and the ultimate boon. Gilgamesh’s fight against Huwawa was one of many challenges he had during his journey. “Then Gilgamesh was afraid, and Enkidu/was afraid, and they entered into the Forest, afraid” (Ferry 26). Just as a hero would act, Gilgamesh didn’t let his fears get the best of him, but instead he entered the Forest to fight Huwawa. Another challenge Gilgamesh faces later in the story is fighting the Twin Dragon Scorpion Beings. When he came to the mountain and saw the monster, fear spread through his body, but he didn’t let it stop him from his goal. “Terror in the body of Gilgamesh/seized hold of him

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