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"So times were pleasant for the people thereUntil finally one, a fiend out of Hell, Began to work his evil in the world.Grendel was the name of this grim demonHaunting the marches, marauding round the heathAnd the desolate fens..."(99-104)
CALL TO ADVENTURE: The call to adventure is when a conflict arises, that call the hero, Beowulf, into action.So in this epic Grendel attacking Herot and terrorizing the Danes is what calls Beowulf to action.
"When he heard about Grendel, Hygelac’s thane Was on home ground, over in Geatland....He ordered a boat That would ply the waves. He announced his plan: To sail the swan’s roads and search out that king..." (194-200)
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: Crossing the threshold occurs when the hero crosses form their normal world to one of adventure. So in the epic Beowulf is called to adventure, and he takes some men and a ship and sails from Geatland across the ocean into this "world" were his adventure will take place, the home of the Danes.
"Now Holy God Has, in His Goodness, guided him her To the West-Danes, to defend us from Grendel.This is my hope;and for his heroism I will recompense him with a rich treasure.Go immediately,bid him and the Geats He has is attendance to assemble and enter. Say, moreover, when you speak to them, That they are welcome in Denmark.”(381-88)
SUPERNATURAL AID: The supernatural aid is the introduction or recognition of an older and wiser sage that will provide wisdom and insight to the hero. In this poem Hrothgar is acting as our supernatural aid because of his knowledge of the people as well as his shame (Grendel), so throughout the poem he will act as a guide providing knowledge to Beowulf.
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