Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The mythic hero in our lives

The mythic hero makes his appearance time and time again in contemporary life, fulfilling characteristics of the mythical hero. Very obvious in contemporary film is Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars trilogy. Also fulfilling hero characteristics is Darth Vader. One would first think of him as the villin character, but closer inspection clears this illusion.
Other examles in modern life include Frodo and Aragon in the Lord of the Rings, Westly from The Princess Bride, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and many other comic book figures. Although Oedipus fulfils the most hero requirements, many portions of the hero requirements can be found in stories, movies, and everyday characters.

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