The Hero Saga, Episode 1

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Our culture is filled with books and movies all about heroes.  There seem to be so many; from the ancient times until the present era, tales of brave, awesome men and women have circulated throughout society.  The idea of heroism is one that our culture entertains and encourages.

But what if the meaning of “hero” has changed?

“Hero” comes from the Greek word hērōs, which means “protector”.  This says a lot about what a hero is; they defend people.  What else comes to mind when we think of heroes?  They fight for what’s right.  If the knight of an evil king valiantly defends his king, is he a hero?  Of course not!  He is serving an evil purpose.  On the other hand, if a knight protects his king who is noble and seeks the benefit of his people, is he being a hero?  Certainly.  In recognizing this, we can recognize two key characteristics of heroes:

  • They protect.
  • They serve authentically good causes.

Let’s play a little game-show and plug in what we’ve learned into how society views heroes and let’s categorize many of the well known “heroes” to see which ones are authentic.  Today we’ll be tackling those heroes from sci-fi and fantasy.  It’s sure to be an exciting episode!

Frodo Baggins

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Born from the rustic area of Hobbiton in the land of  Middle-Earth, this little guy may not be your typical power-house hero, but don’t underestimate him.  He can get pretty feisty if you knock him out the trances he sometimes falls into.  Carrying the weight of the world on his Hobbit-shoulders by bearing the Ring of Power, Frodo is an excellent example of a hero.  Battling fearsome orcs and Black Riders, he courageously travels across dangerous lands to save his friends and the whole world from destruction, persevering no matter how hard it becomes.  He is definitely a protector, and he most certainly serves a good cause.  Let’s check his score by analyzing his record, shall we?

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) 🙂
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

That’s three out of four smiles.  Unfortunately, this little guy almost costs the world its life by…well, giving in to temptation let’s just say.  But that was almost completely understandable…

Give him a round of applause, folks!

Eragon Shadeslayer

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Our next contestant is just a teenager, hailing from the mountainous region of Carvahall in the land of Alagaesia.  Eragon may have been your average farmboy, but give the kid a dragon and look at what he becomes!  Assuming the role of Dragon Rider, Eragon must face the dark king Galbatorix in a battle that will decide the fate of the world.  Galbatorix is trying to rule the world, with all subject to his evil reign, and only Eragon can stop him.  Daring and determined, Eragon certainly acts as a protector and serves a good cause.   Now for his score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) :/
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

Hey that’s two out of four smiles!  It appears that young Eragon can possess an arrogant attitude and seeks revenge.   Good try, Dragon Rider!

Give it up for Mr. Shadeslayer!

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

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These next contestants I’m doing as a couple because, heck, they are one.  But seriously folks, these two just can’t be heroes, or survive withouteach other.  In fact, half of the time, I’d say they’re more victims than heroes.  Nevertheless, both of them try their best to avoid making immoral decisions, even though they are often forced into making them.  Defiant against the evil rulers of the Capitol, they struggle to overthrow their nation’s corrupt government.  Both Katniss and Peeta almost lose their wits in this epic story between the forces of the helpless and the forces of the oppressors.  Let’s check out their score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) 🙂
  • Protector 🙂 (when they have the choice)
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

Unfortunately, there are themes of revenge within Ms. Everdeen and a great source of fear that thrives within each of them, which tends to govern their actions.   Don’t worry, my dear viewers, I know their human; let’s try to be understanding!

Put your hands together for this couple!

Beatrice Prior

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Our final contestant comes from apocalyptic Chicago.  She’s not your ordinary girl; in fact, she’s divergent!  Strong-willed and courageous, Beatrice, like our previous contestants, has to fight an evil government that seeks to control everyone in their power by using a type of mind-control.  With the help of some friends, Beatrice learns what it means to be a hero as she fights for freedom and for the lives of those she cares about.  Shall we check her score?

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient, courageous) :/
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

That’s a total of two smiles and one “iffy” face.  This girl’s attitude can be filled with confusion which brews some irrational actions, and while this does tie in to personal flaws, she has cleared the two most important criteria for scoring points.

Give it up for Beatrice!

Ladies and gentlemen this closes our first episode of “The Hero Saga”.  Join us again tomorrow as we explore the legendary Marvel superheroes.  Who will be the most heroic?  Find out in another exciting episode of “The Hero Saga”!





10 thoughts on “The Hero Saga, Episode 1

    proverbs31teen said:
    July 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Ooh, I will definitely be here tomorrow! 😀 This is great, I really like it. Although I do think everyone needs/has flaws, including characters.

      Aul responded:
      July 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Thank you!!! Yeah, flaws tend to be a very human thing 🙂

    Hope Nwosu said:
    July 28, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Great post. I look forward the next episode.

      Aul responded:
      July 28, 2014 at 5:55 AM

      Thank you! I hope you stop by again!

    Tito Ferdinand said:
    July 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    This is a good post. The constructive criticism I would give you would be to add some ‘so called hero’ to the bunch that were slightly on the darker side and give people examples of how that is different then what we consider heros nowadays.

      Aul responded:
      July 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Thank you!
      That’s a good idea. I was planning on doing that, but I felt like making it funny instead of philosophical. A lot of my posts tend to be philosophical critical of writing or characters…in other words, I was taking a break from my usual style. Your suggestion is still entirely valid!

    itsmayurremember said:
    July 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I like how you write the post, reviews of all the recent favorite heroes and all.
    But since your blog theme is all fantasy and that is what I like you should try reading more books.
    You will find that even characters who doesn’t fall in the above categories like protector and courageous are in fact heroes.
    But over all great theme(FYI came here through community pool)

      Aul responded:
      July 29, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      Your compliment means a lot to me. Thank you!
      I agree that I should read more and discover new fantasy characters. I felt like on this post it was nice to have characters that a lot of people knew. But you are definitely right!
      I hope you stop by again! Thank you!

    Maria Matthews said:
    July 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Interesting. Some valid points raised about heroes. I think most of us like a slightly flawed hero it makes the story more plausible. Frodo wild be one of my favor.

      Aul responded:
      July 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Thank you! And yes, I think everyone likes a slightly flawed hero because we can relate to them. Frodo is my favorite too 🙂

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