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Introduction to the Hero
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Questions What is the definition of a hero in ancient literature? . . . in modern times? How are the two definitions similar or different? What are the characteristics of a hero? Why are heroes important in ancient myth?
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“Heroes are remembered, but legends never die.” - The Sandlot
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Hero, Legend: Defined Hero: a man who exhibits extraordinary bravery, firmness, fortitude, or greatness of soul, in any course of action, or in connexion with any pursuit, work, or enterprise; a man admired and venerated for his achievements and noble qualities. Legend: a person of such fame or distinction as to become the subject of popularly repeated (true or fictitious) stories.
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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Oedipus Complex
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Otto Rank (1884-1939) “Family Romance” Child idolizes parents Becomes disenchanted with them Substitutes more exalted figures in their place Child does not act on his impulses, but enjoys imaginary scenarios Projection: reversal of relationship roles
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