There are a few characters, in the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, that could be considered an epic hero, but only one takes on the epic hero journey. Pierre Bezukhov the son of a Russian high social class man was educated in a foreign country. Pierre then returns to Russia causing him to become very socially awkward.
The Mundane World:
Pierre’s journey starts off with him lonely. He is a misfit after returning to Russia being educated in a different part of the world. He never really has any friends, except his complete opposite Andrey, to turn to. This really gets to him, but all he wants to do is find himself just as Napoleon did.
The Call To Adventure:
Pierre is desperate to have people in his life that understand why he feels so highly about Napoleon. He feels he is a great military leader who is very sure of himself. At the same time he also wants to find himself. To show everyone who he truly is, and how powerful he can be.
Crossing The Threshold:
Pierre’s father passes. This leads Pierre to his inheritance money. People start to recognized him. They begin to acknowledge his wealth, but they make him believe that they recognize him for his personality, and not for his money. A man even throws the marriage of one of his daughters at Pierre. Even though Pierre loves Natasha he does not marry her because Helene is the much more beautiful one. So, he marries her.
The Path of Trials:
Pierre soon realizes that all Helene wants is the fashion and the social attention. So, to distract him from her love of his money and not of him he joins the Masons, similar to the military. Little does Pierre know that his wife is seeing another man. While honoring the Russian general Pierre is seated next to this man. This then leads to a injured Dolohov, the other man, and a once again lonely Pierre. Then, Napoleon sets out to pretty much destroy the city of Moscow. Andrey is already injured and is unable to help what little military they do have. Pierre is one of the very few men left. So, he sets up a plan, to kill Napoleon! This leads into building after building in the city being burnt. While trying to rescue people from the burning buildings Napoleon’s French army arrest Pierre. His plan to kill Napoleon is now destroyed. Watching Russian citizens being killed Pierre finally realizes the meaning to living is not about being known but being about your love for other human beings. After a long battle Napoleon and the rest of the army bail out because of their lack of supplies, taking the prisoners, Pierre and the others, with them. This withdraw leads to the loss of many of the French troops. Little does Pierre know that while he is being held he has lost his only friend Andrey, and Helene.
Master of Two Worlds:
During an attack on the French Pierre escapes and is finally free. He returns home and meets up with his one love, Natasha. They then get married and later even have children. Pierre is finally supported, but he has also found his meaning to life, a family life!