Battling against voldemort

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Bryan Baum Labyrinths Battling Voldemort The use of labyrinths in stories often symbolizes a hero’s journey of unlocking his innermost self. This quest of self-discovery is not just a series of physical struggles, but challenges that reflect the inner dilemmas of the heroes. Through these voyages the heroes must mature and overcome their own shortcomings. They know what they want the end result to be, but they have no idea what the path is to get there. This path is ultimately the hero’s passage into discovering himself. Thus, the labyrinth is just a metaphysical representation of the hero’s path to self-enlightenment. In the odyssey, Odysseus struggles through many challenges in his return to Ithaca; his biggest one being his ego. Throughout Odysseus’s journey, he realizes that humility is more important than conceit. In Cambell’s book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, he asserts that the hero can only attain his goal by truly mastering his ego, “The hero, whether god or goddess, man or woman, the figure in a myth or the dreamer of a dream, discovers and a assimilates his opposite (his own unsuspected self) either by swallowing it or by being swallowed” (Cambell 108). When Odysseus and his men happen upon the island of the Cyclopes, they find a cave full of sheep and cheese. His men advise him to leave, “from the start my comrades pressed me, pleading hard, ‘Let’s make away with cheeses… drive the lambs and kids from the pens to our swift ship, put out to sea at once” (Homer 218)! Odysseus arrogance made him wait for the inhabitant of the cave, the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who proceeded to eat and enslave his men. Using his
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 009J taught by Professor Finberg during the Spring '08 term at Swarthmore.

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