Throughout the movie, Phil helped Hercules on his journey to becoming a true hero and finding his place. After an intense period of training, Phil managed to transform Hercules from a scrawny boy to a strong man. They then set out for the city of Thebes, where there were many catastrophes and problems. Hercules hoped that if he could prevent some of these disasters and help the people of Thebes, he would then be considered a true hero. In Thebes, the Threshold, Hercules tried to convince the people that he is a hero, but no one believed him.
He begins looking for the Epirus Bow, which he wants to use to free the titans to destroy the gods and attacks several places. He captures the oracle and her servants in order to question them for the location of the bow. Meanwhile, Zeus meets with other gods to tell them they cannot interfere with the conflict until the Titans are released. Theseus' village had been attacked by Hyperion's army and his mother is murdered and Theseus enslaved. Soon, he befriends another slave and the oracle takes notice in him from a vision she has by touching him.
Argument: The scene where Col. Bat Guano arrests Executive Officer Lionel Mandrake is used to dramatize the duality of “individual thought” versus “blindly following authority”, “government control” versus “individual action”. Kubrick uses Mandrake’s character to show the ineffectual actions of one man against the colossal organization of government as a whole. According to tradition, the mandrake root screams as it is pulled from the earth, causing death to anyone who heard it. Kubrick directed Mandrake’s character to be a desperate individual trying to be heard and, if believed, could save lives, and if ignored, would lead to world annihilation.
When they are fighting Humbaba, Gilgamesh says, “you will surpass all of them... a friend who knows battle understands fighting... stand, friend, we will go up together.” Gilgamesh also shows that he does have a sensitive side when Enkidu dies. He says, “For Enkidu, for my friend, I weep like a wailing woman, howling bitterly... an evil has risen up and robbed me.”. As a result of Enkidu’s dying, Gilgamesh shows that he is afraid of death and denies the fact that he too will die one day. He goes on a quest searching for immortality, where he finds out it is pointless. Through these actions Gilgamesh shows he is denying that he is mortal.
Gilgamesh desires immortality and desires to kill Humbaba to become famous and remembered by his people, if he cannot become physically immortal he can become immortal figuratively, engraving his name in history. With Enkidu as his guide through the forest, they leave their known town and pass through the seemingly endless Cedar Forest to Humbaba’s den. Their figurative transformation takes place when they confront Humbaba. Gilgamesh and Enkidu become afraid and lose themselves in the face of this new obstacle. They forget who they were and are.
His tragic flaw is evident throughout the novel thinking he can win them all. Beowulf defeats the evil monster Grendel and his mother with ease. However, when it is time to battle the dragon, his pride causes him to be defeated. Beowulf is portrayed as a classic epic hero and, like many other heroes of the time, has a tragic flaw that ultimately leads to his demise. Beowulf possesses many of the traits of an archetypal epic hero; he is strong, humble, and willing to fight to death if necessary.
In the between of story Enkidu was enemy first and became a great companion of Gilgamesh. One day Ishtar sends bull of heaven with the help of her parents. Bull of heaven was created by Enu and Antum. Bull of heaven came down to Mesopotamia and started destroying cities and villages, so Gilgamesh killed bull of heaven with the help of Enkidu. One night Enkidu had a dream of Ishtar cursing him that he will die of sickness and that dream did become true.
The heroes must be summoned away from the "Ordinary World" to be able to start their journeys (Campbell Hero 41). In both The Hobbit and Arthurian legend, the kings' Calls to Adventure are conducted by their mentors. A mentor is a hero's guide. Almost all heroes are started on their journeys by character who has mastered some part of the Unknown (Hamby 2). The job of the mentor is to bestow their wisdom upon the heroes.
Although Gilgamesh was supernatural and divine in body and mind, he reigned over his kingdom as a cruel tyrant. He lorded over his subjects, raping any woman he liked, whether she was the daughter of a nobleman or the wife of one of his warriors. He accomplished his construction projects with inhumane forced labor, with the rest of his exhausted subjects suffering under his oppression. Soon, his subjects had had enough of his savage authoritarian rule and called out to the sky god, Anu, for help. In response, Anu told, the goddess of creation, Aruru, to make a being, equivalent by strength to Gilgamesh, to stop him.
These two stories, although very different content, have the same frame. Both heroes, although brave and heroic in their own ways, must rely on others in order to succeed. “Booze”, by Pinckney Benedict is a perfect example of a basic quest myth. While this story does not contain the glory, and the heroism as Beowulf, the protagonist carries out the responsibilities of a quest myth hero. The protagonist must find the courage to vanquish a beast that has burdened him since he was a young boy.