Forthis discussion, you should think about hero epics from a variety ofmythological traditions. Please address each of the first group of steps inyour initial response. The last prompt should help you to construct your peerreplies.
Your response to prompts 1-3 are your initial response, for which you are expected to write a totalof 250 words. 
Please do not include any of the prompt’s text (below) in yourresponse, just number 1-3 and the answers:
1.   Based on this week’s resources on a variety of mythsabout heroes from around the world, what may be viewed as the characteristicsof the hero as presented in these myths? Is the concept, “hero,”similar among all these myths, or are there any dissimilarities between them?For example, some of the “heroes” are also considered to be gods–cana god be a hero? Can a trickster god be a hero?  ………….
2.   Choose one of the heroes from this week’s reading, andapply your understanding of The Hero’s Journey (the Monomyth) to that text.Which of the stages in Campbell’s Monomyth does the hero complete? Arethey completed in the same sequence? What insights do we gain about the hero orabout Campbell’s concept by comparing and contrasting them?…..
3.   Ask one original, objective question (not a personalresponse) of your classmates focused upon the readings.  You could ask aquestion about your chosen hero’s character, about a particular episode in yourhero’s journey, or about a source online that perhaps gives insight about adifferent hero (or anything else which is relevant to the topic of ourdiscussion). Remember that your goal is to ask an objective, complex questionthat will require your classmates to enhance their thinking about this week’s topic.

Video: Rama and the Ramayana ()
Video: The Mwindo Epic ()
Text: The Mabinogi of Pwyll Prince of Dyfed ()

Text: The Mabinogi of Branwen ()

Text: Lady Charlotte Guest’s The Mabinogion ()

The story of “Taliesin”

Text: Padraic Colum’s The Children of Odin

Part 3.4: The Valkyrie ()
Part 4.1: Sigurd’s Youth ()
Part 4.10: The Death of Sigurd ()
Part 3.2: Loki the Betrayer ()
Part 3.7: Loki’s Punishment ()

Text: N. K. Sanders’ The Epic of Gilgamesh ()

Text: E. T. C. Werner’s Myths and Legends of China (

Chapter XII: The Guardian of the Gate of Heaven

Text: W. Dittmer’s Te Tohunga: The Ancient Legends and Traditions of the Maoris ()

Chapter X. Maui and Mahuika; Maui’s Fight with the Sun
Chapter XI. The Death of Maui.

Additional Readings:

Text: W. Dittmer’s Te Tohunga: The Ancient Legends and Traditions of the Maoris ()

Chapter VIII. Maui–The Creation of New Zealand
Chapter XIII. Maui and Irawaru
Text: Padraic Colum’s The Children of Odin

Part 1.5: How Brock Brought Judgment on Loki ()
Part 1.9: The All-Father’s Forebodings: How He Leaves Asgard ()

Video: Ma’ui, Oceania’s Hero ()
Video: The Epic of Gilgamesh (