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S: Hero by Amanda Moore

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FC: Hero | "The traditional hero type is classically depicted to possess an image that is larger than life. They are generally expected to be more physically attractive, stronger, braver, more clever or charismatic than the average everyman." (Antihero)

1: The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example ~Benjamin Disraeli. | The Anatomy of a Hero | * Courage & Strength * Honesty * Kind, Loving Generous * Skill, Expertise, Intelligence * Risk-taking * Objects of Affection

2: Modern Day Hero | "We only call heros those whom we admire and wish to emulate"(LaBarge) | According to the Barron Prize for Young Heroes only half American Teens could identify a personal hero. "Superman and Spiderman were named twice as often as Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Lincoln...of students who gave an answer, more than half named an athlete, a movie star, or a musician. (LaBarge) | Possible attributes of the Modern hero Super Powers Famous Loved one/family Ordinary person(may not consider themselves a hero)

3: Greek Hero | "A hero was a mortal who had done something so far beyond the normal scope of human experience that he left an immortal memory behind him when he died, and thus received worship like that due the gods." (LaBarge) | Many of the heroes were considered beneficial to mankind but others considered as heroes committed heinous acts. Some examples of these heroes would be Media, Oedipus and Achilles "Originally, heroes were not necessarily good, but they were always extraordinary; to be a hero was to expand people's sense of what was possible for a human" (LaBarge)

4: Antihero/Super Villain | Evil Character Antithesis of the Hero Foil of main character Main opponent of the Hero Creates obstacles for the Hero

5: 1. The original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype. 2. (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches. (Archetype) | Archetype Character | Examples Mother, Father, Child, Hero, Demon, Wise Old Man, Maiden, Magician, Trickster and Villain

6: Hero Analysis #1 | Beowulf Beowulf holds great strength and courage when he encounters the beasts of the sea and when he battles Grendel and Grendel's Mother. "He also perfectly embodies the manners and values dictated by the Germanic heroic code, including loyalty, courtesy, and pride." (Beowulf)

7: Hero Analysis #2 | Antigone She goes against the law of the king to fulfill the laws of the god's in giving her brother proper burial rights. In this she willingly sacrifices herself. She is convinced that fate has sealed her death and hangs herself moments before she is to be released by King Creon. | Tragic Hero | a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy (TragicHero)

8: Hero Analysis # 3 | Medea A hero by classic Greek standards but not necessarily modern standards. Medea has betrayed her family and kingdom as well as murdered her brother. She did this all for her love, Jason. Years later Jason has left her for a new bride. Scorned by love Medea vows revenge. She murders the new bride, the king and the children of her and Jason. Her love and hate holds no bounds. Medea holds the makings of a great hero but takes them far to the extreme. She has pride, courage, intellect, power and determination. Holding all these traits and exhibiting them to more than average human standard makes her a hero in the Greek sense but in the moder sense she is simply crazed.

9: Aeneas Aeneas shows loyalty, compassion, bravery, respect and care for his men and family throughout the story The Aeneid. He runs through Troy to find and save his family while it is being attacked by the Greeks. He carries his father out of the city on his back. Later he delivers a motivational speech to his men as the sail endlessly and without hope. He takes his lessons from his journey to hell learns from them. One of them being to honor the dead. He respects this by burying his men and the enemy's men during a later battle. | Hero Analysis #4

10: King Arthur | "The earliest depiction of Arthur is that of a fierce, feared warrior, capable of tremendous prowess in hand-to-hand combat...Arthur was chosen 12 times to lead the Celts, Arthur bore the image of the Virgin and won 12 battles, the last being at Mt. Badon, in which he killed 960 of the enemy single-handed....Arthur is again depicted as a warrior, grim and fierce, an object of dread to friend and enemy; in short, an epic hero. Here we see Arthur as a kind of Beowulf: a fearless leader of men, capable of legendary feats of strength and battle..."(Little) | Character Analysis # 5

11: Sources | "Antihero." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, - 2011. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. . "Archetype." N.p., - . Web. 16 Jan. 2011. . "Beowulf." Sparknotes. Sparknotes, - 2010. Web. 16 Jan. 2011. . LaBarge, Scott. "Heroism: Why Heros are Important." Santa Clara University. Ed. Scott LaBarge. Santa Clara University, - 2005. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. . Little, Steve. King Arthur Character Analysis. Ed. Steve Little. N.p., - . Web. 17 Jan. 2011. . "Tragic Hero." N.p., - . Web. 16 Jan. 2011. .

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