Goat Scheherazade English Question

Goat Scheherazade English Question

Goat Scheherazade English Question

Unit 1 Essay: Analyzing the Hero’s Journey

Where We’ve Been

In this first stretch of our trek through English 124, we have learned about Joseph Campbell’s concept of the Hero’s Journey, and we have read and discussed various stories about individuals who find themselves on the hero’s path. We’ve also begun considering how our own lives might reflect the Hero’s Journey. It’s now time to take our thoughts about these topics and put them into words to share with others.

Writing Prompt:

Choose one of the assigned readings for class (Beowulf: The Graphic Novel,Zlateh the Goat,” or “Scheherazade”), and write an academic essay in which you explain Joseph Campbell’s concept of the Hero’s Journey and provide at least four strong examples (including quoted evidence from the chosen text) about how that story reflects (or deviates from) established steps of the Hero’s 12-Step Journey. Conclude with a reflection of the story, the Hero’s Journey, and what we, your readers, can gain or learn from your analysis.

Use ONLY sources made available for class–NO outside sources are allowed for this assignment. With that in mind, do NOT quote from the original Beowulf. Quote ONLY from Beowulf: The Graphic Novel.

When considering the points to address in the body of the essay, focus on four specific steps–not the 3 general stages–of the Hero’s Journey.

Here is a list from the resource Hero’s Journey 101:

The 12 steps of the hero’s journey are…

  1. The Ordinary World
  2. The Call of Adventure
  3. Refusal of the Call
  4. Meeting the Mentor
  5. Crossing the First Threshold
  6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
  7. Approach to the Inmost Cave
  8. The Ordeal
  9. Reward (Seizing the Sword)
  10. The Road Back
  11. Resurrection
  12. Return with the Elixir

Additional Notes:

  • Since Advanced Composition is a place to share your individual voice and unique thoughts, I expect you to write an essay of your own original thinking.
  • Include 2 to 3 quoted passages in each body paragraph–at least one from the story and at least one from Hero’s Journey 101.
  • Write an essay that is 1,000 to 1,500 words.
  • Write about the individual Steps in the Hero’s Journey instead of the broader Stages.


  1. Write a 4- to 6-page academic essay in MLA format.
  2. Begin with an introductory paragraph that hooks your reader’s attention, provides background information about the Hero’s Journey and your chosen story, and leads seamlessly into a clearly stated thesis.
  3. Develop body paragraphs by beginning with clear topic sentences and incorporating quoted and detailed evidence from our course materials (use ONLY your chosen story and information provided in Unit 1 about the Hero’s Journey). Quoted evidence should be incorporated thoughtfully and thoroughly into the essay by doing the following:
    • establishing context,
    • introducing the quoted passages,
    • explaining how the passages support the main ideas of the body paragraphs and the essay as a whole, and
    • using proper MLA format to cite the texts.
  4. Conclude your essay with a reflection of the story, the Hero’s Journey, and what we, your readers, can gain or learn from your analysis of the Hero’s Journey.
  5. Include a Works Cited page


We’ll write this essay to practice the skills of academic writing, stating a thesis and clear topic sentences, and supporting them with specific and quoted evidence from our course materials while using MLA format to cite sources.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this assignment, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize the writing process, including pre-writing, writing, revision and proofreading to produce complex, high-quality work.
  2. Synthesize the ideas of two or more writers to create a broader understanding of an issue or topic.
  3. Utilize critical reading strategies so as to successfully pull meaning from complex texts and texts structured in non-academic formats.

Grading Criteria:

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To review information and skills covered in Unit 1, consider returning to the following pages: