For my archetypes project, I was assigned the category hero. I decided to talk about what makes a hero a hero, and then give 3 examples. I relate them back to how they are a hero, and then move on to the next one.
What Makes A Hero?
For someone to fit the hero archetype, they must be 4 things. The first thing they must be is brave and/or kind. They must put others above themselves, even in the most dangerous situations. They must be relatable, so that the reader enjoys the story, and wishes to follow the character out of interest. They must be the underdog. No one wants to read a story where they know exactly what happens, and knowing that the hero always wins is no exception. Lastly, a hero must have a struggle that they must overcome. What kind of hero doesn’t have a monster to battle, or someone to save?
Theseus is an extremely well known and loved hero in greek mythology, and because we’ve talked about him before, I’m not going to go into as much detail about him as I will others. Theseus when young, retrieves the items his father leaves for him and heads off to Athens. There, when he heard of the situation of the Athenian kids and the Minotaur, he volunteers as a sacrifice so that he may go and slay the Minotaur. This not only shows his acts of kindness and bravery, but also how he is an underdog, because no one expects him to actually be able to kill the beast. His triumph over the Minotaur shows his ability to overcome, and his relatability is seen in many places, such as the fact that he forgets to put out the correct colored sail, like how many teenagers these days forget to do many important things, like homework.
My next example of a hero is Robin Hood. As everyone should know, the story goes that Robin Hood and his band of merry men are fed up with the Sheriff of Nottingham and his dastardly deeds against the townsfolk. His solution is to steal from the rich and give to the poor, which demonstrates he is not only kind and brave, but also relateable in his need to stand up to the rich and help the poor. King John had sent knights after the green clad hoodlum many times, but they failed every time due to Hood’s archery skills and knowledge of the terrain. The sheriff and king devise a plan to capture Hood out in the open, an archery contest. Hood obviously can’t resist, and wins by splitting the other finalists arrow. Of course he is captured because of this, but with the help of his friends, he escapes and resumes his vigilante-like acts. This shows his struggle against enemy, and his underdog title, due to the fact he is one man facing a king and his army.
Lastly, I will be talking about a well known, modern day hero, Spiderman. Peter Parker was an orphaned teenage boy who was sent to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Unfortunately, heros usually have a tragic backstory, and for Parker, this was the death of his Uncle Ben which makes him relatable to the audience. While this did cause a lot of grief in the young boys life, it was not without a bright side, being that this is what pushed him to become a hero. Most know that Peter Parker gained his spider-like abilities from the bite of a radioactive spider. With the bite comes superhuman strength, speed, and agility, as well as special skills like sticking to walls, or his spider sense. Due to the death of his cherished uncle Parker decides to use his powers for good, like he knows his uncle ben would want, and becomes the hero we all know and love today, showing his kindness and bravery. His struggle and underdog title is seen in the many fights he has against his enemies.