How is Peer Gynt a Hero? What's his hero's journey? What is his call to adventure (part of the monomyth)?

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Peer's Call to Adventure might be seen as his first anti-social act that initiates his journey: the stealing of the bride. With this impulsive act, he essentially "burns his bridges" and starts the course of his adventures and heroic journey. He feels he must move forward, rather than return home to his devoted mother and his true love (Solveig), because he is ashamed of his behavior and eager to explore the world and establish his identity.

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