The Hero's Journey: The Bad Beginning


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  • Call to Adventure
  • Threshold
  • Klaus
  • Violet
  • Sunny
  • Count Olaf
  • Guardians/Helpers/Mentors
  • Justice Strauss
  • Welcome children!
  • In Lemony Snicket's book, The Bad Beginning, fourteen year old Violet Baudelaire and her two younger siblings, Klaus and Sunny who are extremely wealthy, are called to adventure when they are forced away from their known world of their large mansion in a busy city to an unknown world of mystery when a fire caused the death of both parents and the destruction of their home.
  • Physical Challenges
  • Inside the tower
  • Because the Baudelaire children have no home or parents, Mr. Poe, the executor of their parents estate, must figure out where the children will go, while the bank where Mr. Poe works at will take care of the fortune until Violet is old enough. Days later Mr. Poe finds a distant relative of the children that is willing to raise them. They immediately go to the new guardian's, Count Olaf's, residence the day after. When the children first step into his house the door is considered a threshold as they are stepping into unknown territory. They are shocked to see the filthiest and dirtiest room of their lives, as well as the threshold guardian, a very scrawny and lanky man who wheezed when greeting them.
  • Physical Challenges: Part 2
  • Next door from Count Olaf's residence lies the prettiest house on the block that belongs to Justice Strauss, a judge serving on the High Court. The Baudelaire siblings are amazed to see a well scrubbed and clean building. Justice Strauss helps the children throughout the story many times. For instance, Count Olaf leaves the house and left chores for Violet and her siblings to do, one of them was to cook up a meal for Olaf and his theatre troupe containing of 10 people, expecting them to finish once he gets back. The children struggle with their little knowledge of cooking to find cookbooks around the house, which they fail to do. Justice Strauss arrives at their house to check up on them. After the three siblings tell her the situation she invites them into her house. The children are fascinated to see a massive library that was warm, cozy, and full of books. They retrieve a cookbook from Justice Strauss' enormous library and head back home after the judge escorted the Baudelaire's to the market so that they are able to get the materials needed to cook for everyone, including themselves. Without Justice Strauss helping the children Count Olaf would most likely go home to nothing satisfying and would punish the children due to his temper and unforgiving attitude. The judge has helped the children through many more situations such as these and is a large part of how Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are able to survive throughout the story.
  • Mental Challenges
  • Count Olaf has been a dreadful guardian. He forces the children to do an excessive amount of burdensome labor. One day he politely asks the children in a civilized manner to be in a play called "The Marvelous Marriage" along with his theatre troupe with Violet being the bride and Olaf being the groom. Klaus and Violet are suspicious. They believe this a trap that has to do something with their fortune as Count Olaf has been trying to steal their wealth ever since they arrived. Because of this Violet, Klaus, and Sunny go to Justice Strauss' house to look up inheritance law books. They return two days before the play. Klaus stays up all night reading in their small bedroom and trying to find what Count Olaf's plan is. Fatigued and exasperated from examining he is able to figure out Olaf's plan and confronts him about it downstairs without his sisters knowing because he does not want to give them false hope. Count Olaf smiles through this calmly and tells him to go upstairs to tell both of his sisters. He wakes up Violet, who is still sleeping, and tells her the good news, but notice that Sunny is missing. They both frantically run downstairs trying to figure out where she went. It is not surprising Count Olaf would do this, however the children were shocked to find out that their poor little sister who was only an infant and could barley talk was trapped inside a soaring tower located on top of the house. This is a challenge because Sunny is held captive inside of a tower that has no safe route that leads up to the tower without Olaf and his assistants/theatre troupe members knowledge. The count makes a deal with Violet and says that if she does not participate or does not follow his rules in the play he will drop his sister down from the towering height. Because of this Violet must pass this physical challenge of saving her sister with her inventing mind and spends all night doing so. She creates a grappling hook and later goes outside to throw it until it latches onto something sturdy on the cage. It succeeds after several attempts, however it was very loud and one of Count Olaf's assistants heard her. She did not overcome this challenge as she was caught in the act and is now locked up in a room near her sister's cage. Olaf continues his evil plans. Although she fails in succeeding this challenge, Violet learns more useful information about Olaf's intentions when she is locked up inside his room. This also forces her to grow by becoming stronger and less fearful of her enemies.
  • The tower Sunny is locked up in
  • WAHHH!
  • Ever since Violet and her siblings arrived at Count Olaf's house, they have been treated gruesomely. This includes a challenge they must deal with every night the children are living at the Count's house. He has provided all three Baudelaire children with only one small and lumpy bed in a filthy bedroom with no entertainment but a pile of rocks. Because there is only enough space for one person on the bed, Violet and Klaus alternate sleeping on the bumpy mattress and floor each night. With her ability to invent useful items creates a little bed for Sunny, a helpless infant, using dusty curtains from their one window. By over coming physical challenges like these, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny build skill on how to survive their next challenge, given to them by Count Olaf, a wicked man.
  • Because the Baudelaire children's parents died in a fire that up burned their entire mansion, the three children experience an emotional challenge by having the thought of entire lives taken away from them. They are all heartbroken from this event and do not act like their usual selves until they pass this mental challenge. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny overcome this challenge when they pass their threshold since they have lager problems to worry about, such as their lives.
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