The Heroes Of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer 's Stone And Beowulf

1005 Words Jan 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Joseph Campbell defines a hero as "someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself." Throughout the epic poem/film the heroes ' life lessons have prepared them for the obstacles they face on the journey. Campbell 's definition is proven throughout J.K Rowling 's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone and Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. Heroes begin their journey by being chosen by a force, they then face a desire for acceptance that causes a vulnerability, but then ultimately transcend death. Harry and Beowulf both were chosen by supernatural forces, separating them from the average person as well as guiding them to their destiny. The wand that chooses Harry just so happens to have a feather from the same phoenix as Voldemort. The irony is evident since of all the wands that could 've selected Harry, the one related to the one used for his parent 's murderer ends up being his. "It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother-why, its brother gave you that scar" (Rowling 85). The wand chooses Harry, thus serving as a guide to direct him to the significance of Voldemort. Everyone who crossed Voldemort ended up dead except Harry, which is why the wand chose him. From birth, it was known he would be the one to put Voldemort in his place, since Harry was The Boy Who Lived, Harry was the chosen one. Similarly, Beowulf is guided by God through his acquirement of natural talents. The author conveys the constant theme of…

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