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Heroes and Culture

This posting offers a current understanding of what a heroic character is and the role of such a figure ought to play in our culture.

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As you brainstorm literary heroes, you might want to name these figures as models:

First, Sophocles' Antigone is an independent woman and heroine. Please note how she follows the laws of the gods in the play; she allows her heart to guide her. She defies the laws of the land by attempting to bury her brother.

In addition to her allegiance for her dead brother, Antigone is heroic because she direct and strong. She says what she thinks, regardless of the consequences. Antigone fights for justice; her justice is not the legal or rational sense but the righteousness of the gods.

Please examine some of these websites related to her:

http://www.siue.edu/~ejoy/eng111StudentPaperNewsham.htm

http://www.lycos.com/info/antigone--sophocles-antigone.html

http://www.loggia.com/myth/antigone.html

Another literary hero is Arthur Miller's tragic hero, Willy ...

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This posting offers ideas about literary heroes.

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