What Is Quest A Quest?

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There are typically five qualities that make a quest a quest. There must first be a quester, the one who is going on the quest. Next there has to be a place to go or a destination, figuratively or literally. The quester must give a stated reason for going on his quest. Like a good story, there has to be obstacles along the way whether it be a person, a monster, or a physical obstacle. Lastly, the quester must give his actual reason for going on his quest, and this reason is most typically for self-knowledge. Dennis Covington from Salvation on Sand Mountain and Beowulf from Beowulf have differing quests due to the obstacles they face and the reasons they go on their quests, but Covington’s and Beowulf’s quests’ depiction of women are quite similar.…show more content…
Covington’s obstacles are mental obstacles where Beowulf’s obstacles are physical. Surprisingly Dennis Covington’s obstacle is not handling snakes at The Church of Jesus with Signs Following, a snake-handling church in Scottsboro, AL. The biggest obstacles he had to overcome are the fear of not understanding where he came from and his ancestors’ culture and failure. “I don’t know exactly when it happened, but sometime during the spring of 1993, the idea must have started taking shape that in order to conquer the metaphorical snake that was my cultural legacy, I’d have to take up the thing itself”(Covington 153). Beowulf’s obstacle during his quest is defeating two demons, Grendel and Grendel’s mother, and a dragon (Beowulf 380-390, 1390-1400, 2345-2354). Covington’s obstacles that he faces during his quest are mental obstacles whereas Beowulf’s obstacles are…show more content…
Dennis Covington’s initial reason for first going to The Church of Jesus with Signs Following was because he was covering the trial of their preacher, Reverend Glenn Summerford, after he was accused of attempting to murder his wife with rattlesnakes (Covington 1). Dennis Covington’s actual reason for continuing to go to The Church of Jesus with Signs Following is to discover the connection between his family’s ancestry and the history of snake-handlers. “My journey with the snake handlers had become not so much a linear progression through time as a falling through levels of platitude toward some hard understanding of who I was” (Covington 132). Beowulf sails to Denmark to help King Hrothgar in the defeat of the demon that is terrorizing Heorot, Grendel (Beowulf 270-280). Beowulf’s true intentions for going on his quest was to gain fame, glory, and gold. “Beowulf, my friend, your fame has gone far and wide, you are known everywhere” (Beowulf 1700-1705). “To-morrow morning our treasure will be shared and showered upon you” (Beowulf 1783-1784). Covington initially goes on his quest to cover the trial, but he later realizes that his quest was his journey of discovering his true culture. Beowulf goes to Denmark to fight Grendel, but his real reason for going on his quest was to gain fame, glory, and
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