Atalanta was abandoned by her father because he wanted a son instead. Atalanta was then raised by bears.
Meeting with the Mentor
Let me create a race for a new husband.
After her husband dies shes goes back to the city she was originally born in. When she gets there her father, the king says Atalanta must get remarried.
Crossing the Threshold
She was so heartbroken from her previous marriage, and could not get over her spouse's death. Because of this she does not want to get remarried and become a housewife.
After talking with her father, Atalanta came to the conclusion that she would only marry a man who could beat her in a race. The king allows her to create a race to find the perfect man.
As soon as a man was brave enough to race Atalanta, he did and lost to her. When the race was over Atalanta shot and killed him with an arrow. This got her going on the journey to find a husband.
When a man named Melanion raced Atalanta he threw golden apples that distracted her during the race. Each time he did this she would fall behind and have to get caught up to Melanion. Atalanta views all of her appointments as her enemies.